He was born Jan. 20, 1942, in Blackford County, to Harold John Thinnes and Erma Alline Griffith Thinnes. He married Merlie Ann Welch Thinnes Jan. 15, 1971, in Bluffton. His wife survives.
Thomas was a graduate of Jackson Center High School in Wells County. He attended technical training on the job. He attended the McNatt United Methodist Church. He worked as a service technician for gas pumps for Jay Petroleum. He farmed and was also a bus driver for Southern Wells Community Schools. He enjoyed woodworking, horses, camping, fishing, and loved anything outdoors. He was a master of all trades. Above anything, Thomas loved being with his family.
Loving survivors Include his wife, Merlie Ann Welch Thinnes of Montpelier; two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Miller of Coldwater, Mich., and Samantha Jane (James) Heflin of Hartford City; three sons, Timothy Wayne Thinnes of Fort Wayne, Joey Lee (Michele) Thinnes of Urbana, Ohio, and Nicholas John (Jessica) Thinnes of Huntington; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Judy Elaine (William) Shoup of Bluffton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; by a daughter, Abigail Renee Thinnes; and by two brothers, Charles Uvon Thinnes and John Griffth Thinnes.
Family and friends may gather to share and remember at the Walker & Glancy Funeral Home, 109 W. Windsor St. in Montpelier, from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28.
A service to celebrate his life will be held at the Walker and Glancy Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, with Pastor Bill VanHaften officiating. Interment will follow in the Asbury Cemetery in rural Montpelier.
Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society, 5635 W. 96th St., Indianapolis IN 46278, or the American Heart Association, 5635 W. 96th St., Indianapolis IN 46278.
Arrangements are being handled by Walker & Glancy Funeral Home in Montpelier.
Online condolences: www.glancyfuneralhomes.com