Richard “Dick” Lee Thomas, 75, passed away peacefully at The Villages Hospice House in The Villages, Florida on April 4.
Dick was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 30, 1942 and lived in Brecksville, Ohio until college. He graduated from Purdue University with a Chemical Engineering degree, and married his college sweetheart Carol Farchmin a year after graduation. A job opportunity with B.F. Goodrich in Calvert City took them to the great state of Kentucky, where he and Carol started the Brass Lantern Restaurant in 1972. Dick and Carol owned the Brass Lantern for 31 years. Dick was President of the KY Restaurant Association and Treasurer of Marshall County’s Tourism Association. He was bestowed with the highest title of honor, “Kentucky Colonel”, by the Governor of Kentucky in 1976. His favorite hobbies were travel, golf, boating, and gourmet cuisine. Dick was a member of New Covenant Methodist Church in The Villages, Florida.
He is survived by his beloved wife Carol Thomas and his children Richard Thomas, Jr. and Jennifer Thomas Warner; his daughter-in-law Tanya and son-in-law Clay, and four grandchildren: Quin, Sofi, Huxley, and Ruby Meeks. Dick is preceded in death by his sister Jane Calder, his father Richard Eugene Thomas, and his mother Irene Bahre Thomas.
The celebration of life service will held Saturday May 26th, 1 p.m., at New Covenant United Methodist Church, The Villages, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Dick’s honor to the University of Florida Health Cancer Center at uff.ufl.edu/give-now/?fund_id=000737.