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Notes for Gerald Dean THOMAS


Dean graduated from DeVry Institute in Chicago and served in the US Army for 2 years during the Korean Conflict, serving in France one of those years.

His occupation for 35 years was with the United States Industrial (USI) Chemical Co in Tuscola and he also owned several rental houses in Mattoon. His avocation was traveling extensively throughout the US with the family and collecting money, both in the form of coins and general savings.

While the children were at home, he and Madonna raised a large truck garden which the children then sold throughout the neighborhood. Family and friends were also provided with many free vegetables with which to stock their freezers and pantries.

Dean was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mattoon as well as the Masons and was recognized by the American Red Cross for the 19 gallons of blood he donated over the years.

In his fifties he contracted Alzheimer's disease, then had a major stroke. He lived the last several years of his life in a nursing home.

The funeral was held on a Saturday at the First Baptist Church with Rev Dr EE Elliott officiating and military rites were conducted at the grave site by the VFW Post 4325. Among the pallbearers were step-grandson, Matt Stuttle, and nephew, Doug McClellan.
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