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David "Dave" Thomas (04/19/1964 - 08/24/2012)

David E. Thomas was a loving husband, father, son, brother and Christian man. With his ready smile, positive outlook and unending faith, Dave Thomas brought sunshine to those around him. He held his family, whom he loved deeply, as his greatest treasure.

Clarence Thomas and Natalie (Antkowiak) Mains welcomed the birth of their son, David on April 19, 1964. Dave was born in the seaside city of Huntington Beach, California. With his father having worked in the airline industry, they lived in various places during Dave's youth which included California, Maine, Cincinnati, Ohio, Indianapolis, Indiana and Hebron, Kentucky. Dave spent the latter part of his high school years in Hebron, having graduated from Connor High School with the Class of 1982. He furthered his education, and went on to graduate from Cincinnati Technical College in 1984, including an Aircraft Mechanics (A&P) License. Dave worked for the airline industry. For 25 years he served as a mechanic and inspector for American Trans Air, and recently was employed with Rolls-Royce in the engine production assembly group.

As an aircraft mechanic and pilot, Dave enjoyed all things related to flying. He also had many friends throughout the country. He was a member of the Screaming Eagles Model Airplane Club (AMA), the Experimental Aircraft Association, and was a 20 year volunteer at the EAA AirVenture. As a master tug driver and mechanic, Dave volunteered with the EAA Warbirds of America line crew for over 20 years.

After being introduced in 2003, Stacy Crowe and Dave married in July of 2005, on the beach in Maui, with their parents and Leslie and Clayton by their sides. He took into his heart her children, and a few years ago they adopted their son, Jaxson, who brought added joy to their lives. Dave warmly gave his heart to Jaxson and was a very positive influence in his son's life.

On Friday, August 24, 2012, Dave and his family were preparing to leave for a family reunion weekend when Dave decided to cut the grass while waiting for Stacy and the boys to return from school. It was then, without warning or indication that Dave suddenly died of an apparent heart arrhythmia episode. At the age of 48, he left behind a loving family and many good friends. He is deeply missed, but we know he has gone to be with his savior in heaven.

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12/24/2012 4:59:32 PM Flag As Inappropriate
gone but never ever will be forgotten.
Submitted by: dean stanley
4/23/2013 8:22:18 AM Flag As Inappropriate
Blue skies and tailwinds, buddy. I've never known anyone who touched so many lives.
Submitted by: Bill Foraker 349142
5/12/2013 6:08:04 PM Flag As Inappropriate
Dave, I guess it will not really hit me of your passing until Oshkosh and your not there. It was great knowing you and your dad. Blue Skies and tailwinds. Chuck Drake
Submitted by: Chuck drake 487369
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