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2010-08-05 / Obituaries

Floyd “Bill” William Thomas

November27,1936- August2,2010

Floyd W. “Bill” Thomas, 73 of Paige, Texas, died on Monday, August 2, 2010 after a heroic battle with colon cancer.

Born on November 27, 1936 in Madison, Wisconsin, he was the son of William & Sylvia Thomas. Bill attended the University of Wisconsin and entered the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict as a Communications Technician. After his Honorable Discharge in 1956, Bill joined his father working for Wisconsin Electric Cooperative in sales where he sold transmission and distribution materials to rural electric cooperatives in a fourteen state area. Bill later transferred to Morehead, MN and then to Kansas City, KS as a regional manager. Aggressive offers led Bill to ITT’s Electrical Mechanical Division with the Blackburn Company in St. Louis, MO. as a Regional Manager for the Eastern U.S. Bill was then promoted to Vice President of Sales for ITT’s newest acquisition, Holub Company in Sycamore, IL.

While on vacation in Florida, Bill realized the need for camping at an affordable price. This led to a new career in which Bill started his own company to obtain these services. Extensive travel, seminars and working with various campground developers were required to achieve his goal of developing R.V. campsites. Bill’s endeavor covered a span of over 25 years in the R.V. industry. Five years ago, Bill and Sandra relocated to Paige where they opened, owned and operated Frank-N-Steins in Giddings until the decline of Bill’s health.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Thomas of Paige; his daughters, Kim Uhl of Boyertown, PA and Sheri & Doug Shandau of Columbia, MD; his son, Mark & Joan Thomas of Naples, FL; stepson, Rod Perialas of Montgomery, TX; three grandchildren, Alicia Uhl and Chris Uhl of Boyertown, PA and Jacob Thomas of Naples, FL; sister, Jane & Dave Kirchgessner of Milwaukee, WI and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William & Sylvia Thomas; his brother, Paul and a sister Mary Ann.

Friends may pay their respects at a memorial service which will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at the Paige United Methodist Church in Paige, Texas.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made in his name to the St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105 or to the charity of one’s choice.

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