Carl David Thomas, 78, of North Port, Fla., passed away on Nov. 12, 2016, in Port Charlotte, Fla., after a brief illness. He was born Feb. 26, 1938, in Clayton.
He graduated from Plainfield 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 masters track meets.
Upon retiring in 2005, he built his dream home in North Port, 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 15 stepgrandchildren, and two former spouses, Barbara (Hall) Wilson and Annalee Mussman. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis Leroy Thomas and 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 next year.
Published on December 16, 2016