Wayne Thomas

Wayne E. Thomas, 69, of Madison, died Friday, July 19, 2013, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 22, 1944, in Madison, to William Ling "Bud" Jr. and Edith M. Ringwald Thomas. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service where he served as postmaster at Paris Crossing and Dupont and was the officer in charge at Hanover and Deputy. He was an Army Reserve veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a fan of the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Browns and Notre Dame. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He was president of the Holy Name Society of St. Anthony's Church and the China Cemetery Association. He was a member of the Indiana Postmaster Association and a former member of the Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Karen S. Thomas, whom he married Oct. 11, 1969; one daughter, Marlana L. Schafer of Madison; three sons, Shane L. Thomas of Madison, Darrin M. Thomas of Anderson and William "Bill" M. Thomas of Carmel; one sister, Janet F. Darnold of Madison; his step mother, June Thomas of Madison; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The funeral be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery in China.

Friends may call at the Vail Funeral Chapel Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the American Cancer Society or King's Daughters' Health and Hospice. Contribution cards are available at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent at www.vailfuneralchapel.com.