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Raymond Thomas

A funeral service for Raymond Thomas, 87, of Newark, was held July 27, 2019, at Lighthouse Memorial Church, Millersport, with Pastor Jim Vanover officiating.  Burial followed in Newark Memorial Gardens, where military honors will be conducted by the Licking County Veterans Alliance.

Raymond passed away July 23, 2019, at his residence.  He was born November 30, 1931, in Middleport, Ohio, to the late Lester and Nora (Kessinger) Thomas.  He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran and retired from AEP.  He was a charter member and elder of Lighthouse Memorial Church.

He is survived by his sons, Larry Thomas of Newark and Steven (Donna) Thomas of Groveport; grandchildren, Larry (Abby), Josh (Michelle), Tara, Candace, Corey, Dustin (Brit’ne), and Keith and Kevin Sparks; great-grandchildren, Ariella, Kinley, Ignatius, Genevieve, Brayden, Ashton, Luke, and Ava Jade, and great-great-grandchild, Maddison. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Irene (Bowen) Thomas, whom he married on October 13, 1953. To sign an online guest book, please visit

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