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A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Richard J. "Dick" Thomas, 67, a resident of Davenport, will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, downtown Davenport. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. There will be additional visitation Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be made to the Fabry Support and Information Group (FSIG) P.O. Box 510, Concordia, Missouri, 64020 or the Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation, 130 South John Street, Rochester, Illinois, 62563.
Dick passed away peacefully at his home Monday, January 1, 2018 following complications from Fabry Disease.
Richard John Thomas was born December 12, 1950 in Clinton, the son of Marjorie (Gaarde) and Benjamin Thomas. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1969 and Diablo Valley College, Concord, California in 1973. He was united in marriage to Rosalie Ostert on December 22, 1973. They recently celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary.
Dick worked in various dental laboratories prior to being self-employed until his retirement in 2009. He was certified in constructing crowns and bridges by the National Association of Dental Laboratories.
Dick was kind, gentle, and fun loving. He remained positive and upbeat throughout his illness, making the most out of what he was given. He never complained or let on about his struggles. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him because he brought so much joy into our lives.
Dick was always pursuing a new hobby or adventure including water and snow skiing, hunting, trapshooting, sport kite competitions, remote battery powered boat racing, wood carving, scanning the skies with his telescope, and traveling.
In addition to his loving wife and soulmate, Rosalie, Dick is survived by his beloved sister who gave him a kidney in 1984, Linda (Harry Stevens) Weibel, Menlo, Park, California; sisters-in-law, Marilyn (William) Heiar, Charlotte, Iowa, Carolyn (David) Livingston, Clinton, Iowa, Pamela (Dennis) Naeve, Andover, Iowa, Cheryl (Eric) Schneck, Huntington, Alabama, and Gwen Ostert, Maquoketa, Iowa; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, special friends, and his canine companion, Maggie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and special aunts and uncles, Ole and Beverly "Babe" Ericksen and Leonard and Helen Blessington. Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Dick's obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com
Published on January 4, 2018
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