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Ernest "Jim" Thomas
March 3, 1934 ~ January 10, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Ernest "Jim" Thomas Jr. peacefully left this world on January 10, 2024, at the age of 89, surrounded by a circle of love that had evolved throughout his remarkable life. Born on March 3, 1934, in Mount Clemens, Michigan, Jim embarked on a journey that touched the lives of countless individuals and left an indelible mark on the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.
Ernest, affectionately called "Jim" by those close to him, was the cherished son of Ernest and Katherine Thomas. He dedicated his early years to serving his country with honor and distinction as a member of the United States Marine Corps. Rising through the ranks, Jim reached the esteemed position of Sergeant, embodying the core values of discipline, courage, and dedication that define the Marines.
Following his tenure in the military, Jim transitioned into civilian life and embarked on a successful career at Central Transport Trucking. With unwavering commitment and a strong work ethic, he became an invaluable asset to the company, retiring in 1991.
Outside of his professional life, Jim cultivated a deep love for NASCAR racing, finding joy in the thunderous roar of engines and the exhilarating pursuit of victory. He also reveled in nature's abundance, spending countless hours fishing in tranquil waters and seeking solace in the serenity of the great outdoors. Jim's passion for the hunt was matched only by the thrill of the chase, as he tirelessly pursued game during hunting seasons.
Jim was a devoted father, although his heart was burdened by the tragic loss of his beloved son, Jimmy. He shared the joys and sorrows of life with his remaining children, Robyn (late Duane), Pamela Thomas, Gerald (Sherri) Thomas, and Ken (Angie) Williams. To his godson, Greg Peltier, he served as a guiding figure, offering wisdom and support throughout his journey.
Jim's legacy continues through his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who will forever carry the imprint of his love and presence in their lives. Although physically absent, his spirit will forever dwell within their hearts, reminding them of the lessons he imparted and the memories they created together.