Archive for Thursday, September 7, 2000

Walter E. Thome

September 7, 2000

Walter E. Thome
1920-2000
Services for Walter E. Thome, 79, Lawrence, will be at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Eudora. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence.

Mr. Thome died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at his home in rural Douglas County.

He was born Sept. 6, 1920, in Douglas County, Kansas, the son of Nickley and Minnie (Nieder) Thome. He attended schools in Douglas County and graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in Lawrence.

Mr. Thome played one year of minor league baseball for the Opelousas (Louisiana) Indians, a farm team of the Cleveland Indians, in 1939. He played several years of semi-pro baseball in and around Lawrence. He also coached Little League Baseball in Lawrence for many years.

Mr. Thome was a retired farmer and stockman in Douglas County. He retired in 1993. Following his retirement, he worked with his son in their joint business.

He was a charter member of the board of directors for the Lawrence Farmer Co-op Area and served on the board for nine years. He was a member of the Douglas County Farm Bureau and served on its board as vice president and president for 12 years.

Mr. Thome served on the advisory board of Wichita Bank for Co-op, served two years on the Kansas Farm Bureau State Marketing Committee, and 15 years on the Douglas County Fair Board where he held the office of vice president and president.

He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Eudora.

He married June L. Abel on Sept. 27, 1946, in Eudora. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a daughter, Linda VanCoevern; a son, Dennis A. Thome, Lawrence; and three grandchildren.

An infant daughter, Patricia Thome, preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tonight at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence.

The family suggests memorials to St. Paul United Church of Christ or Douglas County Amateur Baseball Association (DCABA), sent in care of the mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence 66044.

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