Ricky D. Thomas
February 3, 1948 – October 29, 2017
Ricky D. Thomas, aged 69, of Stephenville, Texas, formerly of Gatesville, Texas passed away Sunday, October 29th at his home in Stephenville, Texas surrounded by his family. Graveside services will be held at Hemmeline Cemetery, Coryell County, Texas at 2pm Friday, November 3rd. Visitation to be held at the Stephenville Funeral Home on Thursday Nov 2nd from 6-8 pm.
Rick was born February 3, 1948 in Gatesville, Texas to the late Billie and Doris (White) Thomas and grew up in Gatesville on the family owned dairy farm, graduating from Gatesville High School in 1966. Rick was a member of the First Baptist Church in Gatesville.
Rick retired in 2008 after 42 years working in the telecommunications field at the local telephone companies in both Gatesville and Stephenville
He married Sandra Bird on Oct 5, 1968 at the First Baptist Church, in Flat, Texas.
In 1972, Rick took over operation of his parent’s dairy until 1986 when he, along with his wife and sons, moved to Stephenville, Texas.
He enlisted in the National Guard in 1966. In 1968 he was called to active duty at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and served his country during 1969 in the Vietnam War in the Big Red One, Bravo Co. B 2nd BN/2nd INF Mechanized Infantry. He was discharged from the Army in 1972.
Rick was preceded in death by his parents Billie Thomas and Doris White Thomas and his sister Cindy Thomas.
Survivors include his wife Sandra Bird Thomas, sons Stephen Erick Thomas and wife Kim; and Garrick Thomas of Stephenville. Surviving siblings include: Jackie Thomas, Robbie and husband Gene Lam, Shawn Thomas, and Jody Thomas & wife Robin along with many grandchildren and extended family members.