Terry Neal Thomas, 78, of Fishers, IN passed away at 12:12am on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at Ascension St. Vincent Anderson Hospital.
Born December 6, 1943 in Seymour, IN Terry was the son of Leland and Velma (Riggle) Thomas. Terry was a 1962 graduate of North Vernon High School and he attended Western Kentucky University.
In 1966, Terry joined the United States Air Force and served in Germany until 1971. Upon his return, he met his wife of 49 years, Dona (Eder) Thomas. He worked his full career for the CSX/B&O Railroad Maintenance of Way Department and developed a passion for trains.
Terry’s younger years were spent enjoying lively fun with his lifelong grade school friends. Together they enjoyed drag racing with the Miller-Ulrey-Green Racing Team, trips to local and national races, and endless local fun. His friends were like family and he valued their friendships until the very end.
Terry served several years as a City Council Member in North Vernon and was an active and passionate member of the Jennings County Democrats. Terry also served on the ABC Board, Water Board, and the Area Planning Commission. His local civic leadership made him a staple in the community and he served North Vernon with a sense of pride.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church was Terry’s home parish and he dedicated many hours of service to the Knights of Columbus, the Parish Council, and the St. Mary’s School PTO Bingo. Terry spent free time creating handmade rosaries. His faith was close to his heart and he passed that faith to his family.
Terry is survived by his wife, Dona, and three daughters, Whitney (Mike) Mucha, Fishers; Lindsey (Matthew) Skeen, Fishers; Sarah Thomas, Indianapolis; and his six grandsons: Charlie and Max Mucha; Luke, Henry, and Roman Skeen; and Landon Wilson.
While Terry was an only child, he was quickly embraced by the Eder Family and is also survived by Pat and Susan Eder, Linda and Mike Hughes, Sue and Rich Miller, David Eder and Denise Revalee, Nancy and Chris Whitfield, and Paul and Liz Eder.
Terry is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved granddaughter, Jordyn Elizabeth Vance.
A funeral mass will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Rev. Jerry Byrd will officiate. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral and Cremation Service.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s School in North Vernon, IN or to the Jordyn E Vance Scholarship Fund with the Jennings County Community Foundation.
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