Arden Thomas, 85

Arden “Tom” Dean Thomas, 85, Wabash, passed away at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester. He was born to the late Homer and Erma (Morford) Thomas on Dec. 19, 1927 in North Manchester.

He was a 1945 graduate from Chester High School. He married Juanita J. Harrell on July 11, 1953, she survives. He served his country in the United States Army. He worked for Brown Trucking in Wabash, for 14 years and then Unger Company for one and a half years, then he started working for Yellow Freight System of Muncie, in 1964 after 25 years he retired in December 1989. He was a member of American Legion Post 15, VFW Post 286, and Moose Lodge all of Wabash. He was also a member of New Life Baptist Church of Wabash.

He is also survived by three granddaughters, Holly Sutton, Mrs. Bobby (Teresa) Velasquez, and April Sutton; six great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Terry Sutton in 1995, a brother, and a sister.

Funeral Service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Avenue, Wabash, with Pastor Scott Johnston officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery in Servia.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to Robert LaSalle Oncology Center, 710 N. East Street, Wabash, Indiana 46992. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Posted on 2013 Oct 31