Danny L. Thomas, 72, Washington

Danny Lee Thomas, 72, Washington, died at 3:25 p.m. CDT Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh.

He was born Oct. 21, 1940, to Ellen (Veale) Padgett. He married Naomi May on Feb. 22, 1993.
Surviving are his wife, Naomi Thomas; three sons, Kerry Thomas and Darren Thomas and wife Kelly of Francisco and Tray Williams and wife Peggy of Washington; two daughters, Lynn Singer and husband Greg of Evansville and Rene Veale and husband Steve of Washington; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Ellen and Bill Padgett.

Mr. Thomas graduated from Jasper High School in 1958 and attended the University of Kentucky in Hopkinsville. He retired from the U.S. Army after more than 20 years, during which time he received three commendation medals and was a chauffeur for President John F. Kennedy. He was a member of the Washington American Legion and was of the Protestant faith.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Ed Lee Mortuary in Washington. Pastor Brent Welch will officiate. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery. The Washington American Legion will conduct military graveside rites.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ebenezer Cemetery, 1379 W. 400S, Washington IN 47501.
Condolences may be shared at www.edleemortuary.com.

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