Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

September 28, 2012

Leonard ‘LaVerne’ Thomas


Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Leonard "LaVerne" Thomas, 90, of Centerville, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville.

He was born the son of Newton A. and Hannah M. (Cunningham) Thomas Nov. 21, 1921 in Centerville.

On Sept. 9, 1944, La Verne began serving his country in the United States Army with the 6th Signal Corp and was honorably discharged on Sept. 29, 1946.  On July 19, 1948, LaVerne was united in marriage to Elizabeth "Betty" McFall in Rock Island, Ill. He worked in a coal mine in Appanoose County and the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Ill.

After moving back to Centerville he became a truck driver, and he drove for Baxter Box Company, Ideal Ready Mix Plant, North American Van Lines and Consolidated Freight Company. He served as the Street Commissioner for the city of Centerville for many years before retiring. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion both in Centerville.

He was preceded in death by:  his parents; his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Thomas on May 28, 2012; brothers, Noah, Vernon, Gene, Lynn and Wendell Thomas; sisters, Irene Sales, Sandy Thomas, Dorothy Chellas, Elaine Crowe and Maxine Fenton; and half-brother, Bob Burkhiser.

LaVerne is survived by:  his sons, the Rev. Terry N. Thomas and his wife, Diane of Palm Coast, Fla. and Dale Thomas and his wife, Debbie of Centerville; grandchildren, Randon Thomas and his wife, Clarissia of Centerville, Darcy Novotny and her husband, Cody of Cedar Rapids, Krystal Thomas of Centerville and Tiffany and Theresa Thomas both of Palm Coast, Fla.

A celebration of LaVerne's life will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. at the Solid Rock Church of God in Centerville with family friend and Pastor, Kristopher Wattelet officiating. Burial of ashes will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Centerville. No visitation will be held. The family will greet friends at the church on Tuesday one hour before the service.

Memorials may be made to either the Solid Rock Church of God in Centerville or Evangel Assembly of God in Palm Coast, Fla. and can be left at or mailed to the funeral home.

The Schmidt Family Funeral Home of Centerville has been entrusted with the arrangements for the Thomas family and condolences may be sent at: schmidtfamilyfuneralhome.com.