Terry L Thomas

Died: Thu., Dec. 3, 2015

Memorial Service

12:00 PM Sat., Dec. 12, 2015
Location: Harney County Senior Citizen Center

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Terry Lee “Tex” Thomas died on December 3, 2015 at his home in Hines.
He was born on February 12, 1942, in Winfield, Kansas to Arthur M. and Margaret E. (Horton) Thomas.
He attended elementary through high school in Sedan, Kansas. After high school, he moved to Texas and worked various jobs including roughneck on an oil rig, roofing, and sheet metal work in Wichita Falls.
He moved to Oregon in 1960 to work for Weyerhaeuser as a high lead choker setter. In 1962, he moved to Burns to work for Andy Smerski and Smerski Logging. He discovered that logging was not his forté, and went to work for Stokey Gerber as a carpenter building houses in Burns.
He met his future wife, Donna (Fowler) at The Tijuana Club in November of 1966. They were married on December 13 of that year.  They moved to Portland, arriving on New Year’s Day, 1967. They had a son, Arthur who was born in November of 1968.
During this time, Terry worked as a framing carpenter in and around Portland, Oregon. In 1972, Terry and Donna returned to Burns and established their home on Dog Mountain where they lived for 20 years. In 1992, he completed their new home on Roanoke in Hines where they resided up until the time of his death.
In 1976, Burns Glass was established, and in the years following, Terry and Donna served the community providing painting services, doing small carpentry jobs and glass work. They built a new facility at 1301 Hines Boulevard, and operated their business until 2014.
Terry enjoyed fishing and camping with his family, and spent many a night in a tent all around Oregon. He especially liked to camp at Fish Lake and Sawtooth Creek Campground.  He also enjoyed hobby carpentry, woodworking, and visiting with friends old and new.
Thomas is survived by his wife of 49 years, Donna of Hines; daughter, Tandi McCleskey of Atlanta, GA; son, Seth of Houston, Texas; son,  Arthur of  Burns;  and sisters Ginny Thomas-Perott of El Dorado, Kansas and Sharon Robbins of  Mountain View, Missouri. He is also survived by a granddaughter, Michelle Johnson of Lakeview; a grandson, Terry of Hines; and one great-granddaughter, Violet Noel, also of Lakeview. He is also survived by three nieces and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Margaret.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at the Harney County Senior Center in Burns.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Harney County Home Health/Hospice or the Harney County Senior Center.

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Sharon Robbins
   Posted Tue December 08, 2015
Having Terry as my brother was certainly an adventure. He was quite the entertainer and could do anything he set his mind to do. He was very athletic though he didn't play sports in school. He was so strong for a boy/man of his size and I knew this firsthand as I always lost when we had our little childhood disagreements. He could sing like the best of the country western stars and very often sang his answers to questions you might have. To say he was a character was an understatement and his talents were so varied. We lost touch as adults but anytime I visited with him, he was the same ol' Terry. I will cherish my personal memories and hold him in my heart forever. R.I.P. my brother.

Carol Thomas
   Posted Tue December 08, 2015
I only met Terry once but he was a real character. I am deeply sorry for his family's loss.

Fred Storer
   Posted Tue December 08, 2015
To all who knew Terry he was a true friend,very wise,clever&trustworthy.R.I.P. my friend.

Gary Niblack
   Posted Tue December 08, 2015
I couldn't add any better comment than Fred or Sharon. He was a great guy.

Karen (Heinz) Montoya
   Posted Thu December 10, 2015
So sorry for your loss. He will be waiting for you when it is your time. You must remember his smile and his quite ways for, when he did not say anything, he just might have been thinking of you. So, when you miss him, just look up and you might feel his smile for you.

Brenda Aguayo
   Posted Tue December 15, 2015
Terry will be deeply missed by everyone whose lives he touched.........Every house, every painted wall and every pane of glass tells a story related to Terry. R.I.P.

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