LEIPSIC – Richard D. Thomas, 73, of Leipsic died at 6:03 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 at his residence.

He was born on Jan. 11, 1943 in Hamler to the late Russell and Helen (Ritter) Thomas. On June 25, 1979, he married Patricia “PJ” Ball who survives in Leipsic.

Survivors also include five children, Chris (Christine) Thomas of Georgia, Mark (Ute) Thomas of Germany, Jennifer (Dale) Reynolds of Lima, Stacy (Ossie) Hayes of McComb, and Kendra (Jason) Dodds of Kenton; seven grandchildren and three special grandchildren, Zoey, Tanner, and Cash; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Marilyn Cupp of Leipsic and Martha (Ted) Frick of Miller City.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Thomas; a sister, Madeline Thomas; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Cupp.

Richard retired in 1996 from Philips ECG formerly of Ottawa. He was a member of the Philips Quarter Century Club and NRA. He was a devoted father and grandfather who loved to build things for his kids and grandkids. He loved to hunt and fish, and was an avid collector.

A Celebration of His Life will be held on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the banquet room at the Schnipke Inn, Ottawa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Putnam County Hospice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfhatgrove.com.