SALEM - Edward A. Thomas of Salem, Ohio, died at his residence on Jan. 24, 2013.
He was born Oct. 16, 1918, in Chicago, Ill., and was the son of the late Peter Paul Thomas and Elizabeth (Opelz) Thomas.
Edward graduated from the University of Illinois in 1940 and moved to the Salem area in 1948. He was last employed by the Wallace Murray Corporation, where he was plant manager for the Salem and Marysville divisions of the Eljer Company for many years. He retired in 1980 as senior ceramic engineering consultant.
Edward had previously been on the board of directors for the old Farmers National Bank, and had at one time been a longtime member of the Salem Golf Club. He served in both the Army and Air Force and was a lieutenant at the time of his discharge.
Edward was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, golfing and walking with his Irish Setters.
His wife, Ruth, whom he married in 1945, preceded him in death. Three sisters, Myrtle, Eileen and Betty, also preceded him in death.
He is survived by his son, Peter Thomas; his daughter, Gayle Thomas; and three grandchildren, Christine, Edward Jacob, and Matthew Thomas.
Private services have been held.
Arrangements were handled by the Stark Memorial Funeral Home. This obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family online at www.starkmemorial.com.