James Lester Thomas, age 51, of Findlay, Ohio died peacefully under the care of Hospice on Monday morning, April 5, 2010. Best known as Jim, he was the youngest son of three children in the family of Midge and Jack Thomas, both of Findlay, Ohio. He was born on February 15, 1959, and on June 8, 1988, he married Elizabeth Badertscher. They have two children, Sarah, 16 and Nick, 13, all who survive. Jim is also survived by his parents, Midge and Jack Thomas, and his sister, Jayne Thomas Workman (niece, Kate Workman) of Naples, FL and a brother, Tom Thomas (wife, Mary Beth) of Phoenix, AR. Jim attended Findlay Public Schools and graduated from Fountain Valley School, Colorado Springs, CO. He attended Miami University in Oxford, OH and later graduated from The Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, CA. He was a Certified Gemologist/Appraiser in The American Gem Society and was the fourth generation to own Thomas Jewelers, which operated in downtown Findlay from 1887 to 2006. Jim served on the boards of the Salvation Army, the Findlay-Hancock Public Library and the Findlay Downtown Area Association. He was a member of the United States Power Squadron, B.P.O.E. #75, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Findlay Rotary Club in which he was a Paul Harris Fellow and chairman for many years of the Youth Exchange Program and was a graduate of Hancock Leadership.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 9, 2010 at the Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home, 500 Lima Avenue, with Chaplain Mike Thompson officiating. The family will receive friends from 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 2010 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Bridge Home Health and Hospice, 15100 Birchaven Lane; Findlay, OH 45840, ALS Association, Central and Southern Ohio Chapter, 1170 Old Henderson Road, Suite 221; Columbus, OH 43220 or The Salvation Army, 301 Center Street; Findlay, OH 45840. Online condolences may be sent via www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com.