Louis Thomas was born on January 7, 1943, in Wilkie hospital to Parents Joseph and Barbara Thomas. He has two sisters Dorothy Duchscher and Eileen Fraser, predeased by 2 brothers, Clemence and Ivan. For the first part of grampas life, he lived in the Wolfe area, then Valley Centre and then returning to Wolfe. As a young boy he rode his pet steer delivering mail in the area. His first real job was at Wilkie Motors washing cars. He also worked the odd jobs including working for Morris Mckinley. After that he worked at the Palo Salt Mine. He met the love of his life Jeanette at a dance in Handel May 1, 1964. They were married on November 5, 1966. They lived at the Salt Mine until 1972 when Louis moved home to go farming because his dad lost his eyesight. They still reside there today.
They were blessed with 3 children Jason, Mark & Amy and 9 grandchildren. Louis will be lovingly remembered by his loving wife Jeanette and his son Jason (Trish) & Riley (Susan), Kaylee (Brennan), Kelsey (Brett), step-grandchildren Zack and Kaidyn; son Mark (Winnie); daughter Amy (Steven) & Tyra, Lara, Paisley, and Lane; sisters Dorothy Duchscher & Eileen (Bill) Fraser Louis was predeceased by his parents Joseph & Barbara Thomas, brother-in-law Ed Duchscher, brothers Clements Thomas & Ivan Thomas, in-laws Percy & Marion Hynne
Even though it was tough to get him off the farm he did enjoy going to dances and travelling with Jeanette. Louis enjoyed pouring cement and helping many neighbors in the area. He enjoyed being a councillor for the Rm of Reford from 1991 until his passing. He was also a board member for the Rosemount pasture for many years. Louis raised cattle for many years and loved his animals which quote “you better make darn sure they were well taken care of.”
Louis was always busy on the farm; Mark was his right-hand man. Louis was beyond proud of his children and grandchildren and loved watching them play their sports. He loved when his friends and family came to visit. Louis was a man of few words but enjoyed the company and always willing to lend a helping hand. He enjoyed playing cards and watching his grandkids play games but always said if you aren’t cheating you aren’t winning.
In summary the best adjectives to describe Grampa were: determined, hardworking and kind. If he was still with us today, he would be upset that there was funeral during seeding and his 400 hills of potatoes haven’t been planted yet!
His grandchildren would tell you his money never ran out, he always had 5 bucks in his pocket to go towards their ripped jeans (which he hated) and always asked if Gramma could patch them.
The morning of his passing he was still discussing with Gramma that he had another couple years of seeding and harvesting before retirement.
So, we know he is up there seeding because that is where his heart would be. We will always love him, and he will forever be in our hearts.
The family of the late Louis Thomas wish to express a thank you to Gerein Funeral Service, Elan Grondin for her touching service, Landis Church, Landis Choir and the Landis Complex Group for lunch. Also thank you to everyone for your kind words of sympathy, cards, telephone calls, food, gifts, visits, flowers, and everyone who did anything to make our lives a little easier with the passing of Louis.
Jeanette, Jason, Mark,
Amy and families