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Thomas, Steve E.

Thomas, Steve E.

March 13, 1950 — April 27, 2019

Steve E. Thomas of rural Lathrop, MO, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the age of 69.

Steve was born to parents Harvey and Helen (Kearney) Thomas on March 13, 1950, in Independence, Missouri.   He grew up one of six siblings and attended Lathrop High School, where he was active in FFA. Steve went on to study agriculture at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he met Elana Peck. They were married in June, 1971, and had two children. In 1978, the family settled on their farm near Lathrop where Steve ran a Grade A dairy until 1992.   In addition to farming, he also became a Journeyman Machinist at Armco Steel and worked as a machinist at General Motors, retiring in 2004.

Steve enjoyed coordinating the class reunions for Lathrop High School Class of 1968. He loved farming, taking pride in the quality of his herd of Holstein dairy cows, and in later years his beef cattle. Steve enjoyed sharing his love of the land and his knowledge of agriculture with family, friends and neighbors.

Steve is survived by his wife, Elana; two daughters, Melissa Keller and Stephanie Thomas; three grandchildren, Thomas, Clara and Ethan Keller; brothers, Harvey, James and Michael Thomas. Along with his parents, Steve is preceded in death by brother, Dewey “Dude” Thomas and sister, Dianna Thomas.

Steve chose cremation and his ashes will be scattered over the farm by his immediate family. There are no plans for a public memorial at this time. The family is grateful for condolences and encourages any memorial donations (in lieu of flowers) to be sent to the Lathrop FFA.

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Steve chose cremation and his ashes will be scattered over the farm by his immediate family. There are no plans for a public memorial at this time. The family is grateful for condolences and encourages any memorial donations (in lieu of flowers) to be sent to the Lathrop FFA.

Thomas, Steve E.'s Guestbook

Dear Elana, Melissa and children, and Stephanie, Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your husband and father and grandfather, Steve. He has been neighborly to us for forty years and we will miss him. Your neighbors, The Petersons

Paul and Wynne Peterson

Elena, So sorry to hear about Steve. He always had a smile. Also he always checked in on mother and daddy, which I appreciated. May God wrap His arms around you and your family. Virginia

Virginia Kearney Parker

We're thinking of you in this sad time. Steve always had a smile on his face. Gary enjoyed coming up to the farm to visit. He also has lots of fond memories of working with Steve at Armco. Memories of those we love live forever in our hearts.

Gary and Mary Bader

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