Ray Thomas


Ray Donald Thomas, 93, of Ottumwa, formerly of What Cheer, passed away peacefully on July 21, 2022 at his home.

Ray was born December 12, 1928 in Delta, IA to Dave and Hazel Teeter Thomas. He married Loretta Jean Fisher on December 19, 1951.

A graduate of What Cheer High School, Ray served in the Iowa Army National Guard and farmed in the Delta and What Cheer areas until he retired.

Ray loved spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving is his loving wife of 70 years, Loretta; 3 daughters, Debbie (Gary) Reid of Marion, Kim Selle of Fenton, MO, Lea (Lynn) Sieren of Hedrick; 5 grandchildren, Chris Reid of Marion, Shawn (Jen) Weaver of Arnold, MO, Cody Weaver of Marion, IL, Seth (Kelli) Sieren of Hedrick, Lindsay (Kelby) Epperson of Ottumwa; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Ruth (Jim) Smith and Ruby Thomas both of Cedar Rapids; 2 nieces and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, “Bud” Thomas and a nephew, Chad Smith.

At Ray’s request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. Instead, he asks that family and friends keep in their hearts a good time shared with him.

Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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