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Patrick  Arthur  Thomas
     Patrick Arthur Thomas, 74, of North Platte died Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Fillmore County Hospital in Geneva. Pat was born Jan. 22, 1943 to Roy and June Maxine Kincaid Thomas in Seattle, Wash., where he grew up and attended school.
     When he was 17 years old, Pat enlisted in the United States Army and married his first wife whom he later divorced. Following his discharge in 1963, Pat moved to Los Angeles, Calif., and went to work in construction.
     In May 1969, Pat married Marcia Torres and they moved to Spokane, Wash., where he continued working in construction. The couple had two children, Scott and Jill, and later divorced.
     Pat then worked on the oil pipe lines in Alaska for several years. He later had a jewelry business which he took to different states.
     Pat liked to travel and sell jewelry along the way. He had been to all 48 continental states and decided he liked Myrtle Beach the best. He also loved to fish, especially at Baker Lake.
     By 2005, Pat moved to North Platte from Spokane and retired to South Oak Manor.
     He is survived by his children, Scott (Heather) and Jill Funk (Bud Vaughn), both of North Platte; grandchildren, Cam Thomas, Kody Funk, Ryan Funk, Jonathan Thomas, Alysha Thomas, Jeremy Funk, and Isaiah Thomas; former son-in-law, Cory Funk; brother, Tim Thomas; sisters, Kathy Attosen and Karen (Lanny) Jay, both of Spokane; and other family.
     Pat was preceded in death by his parents.
     Cremation was chosen. Memorial service was April 18 at Odean Colonial Chapel, which was in charge of arrangements. Pastor Tim Eighmy officiated. Inurnment with military honors followed in Fort McPherson National Cemetery.
     The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com.
 
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 4/19/2017
 
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