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Jerry Ray Thomas

May 29, 1946 ~ September 10, 2019 (age 73)

Jerry R Thomas, 73, passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital on September 10, 2019 due to a lengthy illness.

Jerry was born May 29 in Las Animas, CO, he was the son, of the late James and Anna Mae Thomas.  He graduated from Las Animas High School in 1964. 

Jerry wore many hats during his working career.  He was trucker driver, mechanic, large equipment operator for OM Irrigation Company and was proud to serve as a Colorado State Patrolman for 25 years.

Jerry enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping as well as working outside on his Kubota tractor and going to Las Vegas with family and friends. He also enjoyed watching his wife, Irene, yell at the Broncos on TV. 

Jerry was a jokester, a friendly and soft hearted man who was always willing to help family, friends and neighbors on projects.  The past few years he would supervise the projects and tell you how to do it. 

Jerry was a dedicated family man, hardworking and always willing to help if he was able.  He was happy to teach his sons and grandsons how to repair their vehicles.

Jerry is preceded in death by his daughter, Janet Burkepile, his parents James and Anna Mae Thomas, Brother Richard Thomas and twin brother James Louis Thomas and sisters, Mildred Snyder, Ruth Collins and Martha Cochran. Father/Mother in Law, Herman/Mildred Medina, Sister in Law, Helen Mondragon, Brother in Law, Diddo Medina.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Irene, sons Brian Medina, Windsor, CO, Jerald (Sandy Davis) Thomas of Missouri, daughter Brenda (Ed) Chandler, Grand Junction, son in law, Randy Burkepile, Grand Junction, CO. Grandchildren, Tim Burkepile, Ryan (Chanteal) Burkepile, AJ (Cynthia) Thomas, Adam (Tabitha Michelle) Thomas, Joshua (Kia) Chandler, Allison Chandler and Meghan Burkepile. Great Grandchildren, Cassandra, Victoria, Lily Burkepile, Koen and Trinidy Burkepile, Samantha and Ryan Thomas and 2 unborn great granddaughters. Brothers Wilber (Pat) Thomas and Melvin (Joyce) Thomas. Sister, Judy (Bill) Witcher. Brother in laws Bill (Henrietta) Medina, Larry Medina, Tony Mondragon, Sister in Laws Georgia Ramon, Elizabeth (David) Trujillo, Maria Medina. Several nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life will be 28th of September, 2019, 1PM at New Life Church 1350 North 7th Street. 

Memorial contributions can be made in Jerry’s name to New Life Church, 1350 North 7th Street. 

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