Thomas, William M., Hemlock, Michigan

Passed away Thursday, March 3, 2011, at his home. Age 82 years. The son of the late Mearl and Thelma (Morrison) Thomas was born January 20, 1929 in Hemlock, Michigan. He married Sally A. Greenwood. She passed away in 2001. He served with the U.S. Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theatre. He was proud of his service and active in Veteran’s groups, the V.F.W. and was a member and Past Commander of the American Legion Berryhill Post #165. Surviving are two sons and four daughters and their families, Renee and Bill Brown; Michelle Thomas and Ed Gave; Amy and Wayne Spaeth; Leanne Thomas and Mike Harrold; Lee Thomas; David Hughes; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; his loving partner, Alice Plachta; two sisters, Sara and Paul Wardin; Edythe Brechtelsbauer; several nieces and nephews. Three sons, Michael, William and Jeffrey, a daughter, Sherry, one sister and two brothers, Betty Zeitler, Jon and Lynn Thomas have predeceased him. The funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at the W. L .Case and Co. Funeral Chapel in Merrill. Rev. Joel Stocker will officiate with Military burial in Richland Twp. Cemetery under the auspices of the Hemlock-Merrill V.F.W. #7302. Friends may call at the Chapel in Merrill from 2:00-5:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Monday and on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service.