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Owen Russell Thomas

March 21, 1958 ~ February 25, 2022 (age 63)


Owen Russell Thomas, age 63 of Waynetown, passed away on Friday evening February 25, 2022 at home while surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Urbana, Illinois on March 21, 1958 to the late Russell Edward & Lola Mae (Viles) Thomas.

Owen attended Waynetown High School and worked as a mechanic at Crown Cork & Seal for 42 years. He enjoyed hunting, tinkering in the garage, wood working and working with his sawmill. He never knew a stranger and if you ever visited you were always offered a cup of coffee. He loved spending time with his family and will be missed by many.

He married the love of his life, Pamela Shelton, on November 2, 1985, she survives. He is also survived by four children, Amanda (Thomas) Babb, Travis (Deanna Lynch) Thomas, Jesse (Polly) Thomas, and Erin (Kris Mortimore) Halsey-Thomas; two brothers, William "Bill" (Sarah) Thomas and Ed (Nancie) Thomas; lots of grandchildren and great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Joshua Kein Thomas; and a brother, John Thomas.

Visitation will be at Sanders Shoemaker Funeral Care, 202 Bratton Road in Waynetown, on Friday, March 4, 2022 from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. The funeral will be at the funeral home on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 11:00 am with Pastor Glenna Joyce Warren officiating. The service will be recorded which can be viewed on his obituary page at Burial will follow at Waynetown Masonic Cemetery. Share memories and condolences online at

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March 4, 2022

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sanders Shoemaker Funeral Care
202 Bratton Road, PO Box 455
Waynetown, IN 47990

Funeral Service
March 5, 2022

11:00 AM
Sanders Shoemaker Funeral Care
202 Bratton Road, PO Box 455
Waynetown, IN 47990

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