Carl David Thomas, 78, of North Port, Florida, passed away on November 12, 2016 in Port Charlotte, Florida after a brief illness.
He was born on February, 26, 1938 in Clayton, Indiana. He graduated from Plainfield (Indiana) High School in 1956.
He worked for many years at Chevrolet, Hoosier Fence and various other companies around Indianapolis. In 1998, he moved to south Florida to work for his son-in-law.
He earned a private pilot's license, and his passion for flying inspired both his son Kevin and stepson Curt to become professional pilots. He enjoyed playing golf and painting, and he won numerous medals in master's track meets. Upon retiring in 2005, he built his dream home in North Port, FL, and enjoyed many days at the Warm Mineral Springs.
He is survived by his four children, Kevin Thomas, Kerry Thomas, Carla Mast, and Connie Simmons; two stepsons, Howard Hurley and Curt Rahn; three sisters, Betty Dunham, Joann Hoffman, and Lola Sebring; and five grandchildren, Kaitlin Simmons, Macy Simmons, Nolan Mast, Bradley Thomas and Jessica Thomas. He is also survived by fifteen step-grandchildren, Aaron Hurley, Kiera Durfee, Mark Hurley, Olivia Dolan, Ethan Hurley, Francesca Hurley, Juliana Drake, Alexa Jacobs, Claudia Hurley, Laura Hurley, Stephanie Rahn, Adam Rahn, Sabrina Rahn, Sydney Rahn and Sophie Rahn; and two former spouses, Barbara (Hall) Wilson, and Annalee Mussman. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis Leroy Thomas, Josephine Elizabeth (Ford) Harlan, and two brothers, Robert Thomas and John Thomas.
His ashes will be laid to rest alongside his mother at Maple Hill Cemetery in Plainfield, IN next year.
Published on December 16, 2016