ELYSBURG — John M. “Skeeter” Thomas, 85, of Elysburg, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, at Nottingham Village, Northumberland.

John was born March 18, 1933, in Cleveland Township, Columbia County, a son of the late Roy C. and Harriet M. (Miller) Thomas.

John attended Reed’s one-room school. After working various places in his early life, he worked for Kenneth Crowl Inc., Elysburg, for more than 40 years as a masonary laborer/lift operator.

John served with the National Guard out of Danville.

He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, Catawissa.

He was a NASCAR fan and his other hobbies included deer hunting; raccoon hunting; and raising honey bees. His favorite enjoyment was escorting veterans in parades in his antique car.

John is survived by his wife the former Janet (Rishel) Thomas. They were married on June 22, 1963. Also surviving is a son, John M. Thomas Jr. and his wife, Melody, of Danville; grandsons, John Cameron Thomas and Parker Owen Thomas; a stepgranddaughter, Lillian Mapes; a stepgrandson, Dyllon Shay; and a brother, David Thomas and his wife, Alice, of Catawissa.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Gladys George; brothers, Robert Yost, and Paul E. Thomas.

THOMAS — John M. “Skeeter” Thomas, 85, of Elysburg. At the request of the decedent there will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 at Bethel United Methodist Church, Bethel Road, Catawissa with Pastor Paul Kreisher officiating. Burial will follow at Follmer Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, 353 Grange Hall Road, Milton. The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions may be sent in his memory to Bethel United Methodist Church, c/o Kay Sevison, 33 T Lane, Catawissa, PA 17820. The Allen R. Horne Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 193 McIntyre Road, Catawissa is handling arrangements. Family and friends may send online condolences to allenrhornefuneralhome.com.

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