Longtime Juneau resident Joeseph A. Thomas, 58, died July 30, 2004, in Seattle at the Veteran's Hospital.
He was born April 10, 1946, in Yonkers, N.Y., and attended Saint Ann's School and the Juneau-Douglas High School. He served in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer and was the first Alaskan awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in the line of duty in Vietnam. After discharge, he returned to Juneau, where he spent the majority of his life. He worked for the State of Alaska Dept. of Highways, Office of the Governor, Juneau Cold Storage, City of Grand Coulee, Wa., longlined for halibut and worked for various restoration and painting businesses.
He enjoyed fishing, boating, skiing, walking, gardening, painting and cruising in his truck. He loved sketching. He printed and painted many family home signs.
His family said he had a love for life, was a friend to all and will be missed by many. His family and friends were often heard to say, "Joe doesn't have a mean bone in his body."
He was preceded in death by his father, Anthony W. Thomas.
He is survived by his mother, Rita T. Thomas; daughter, Casey (Andy); sons, Joseph Jr., and Markus; grandchildren, Austin, Haley, Jake and Madison; as well as brothers and sisters, numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Juneau, 416 Fifth Street. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Memorial contributions can be sent to Casey Clark, P. O. Box 502, Wilbur, WA 99185.