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Mr. Hoyle Eugene Thomas, 86, of Lebanon, passed away April 7, 2017, at his home in Lebanon.
Hoyle was born on Oct. 17, 1930, in Hoopeston, Ill., the son of the now late Bethel and Ruby (Anderson) Thomas.
Hoyle attended school in the Hoopeston area and he then graduated from Newtown High School in 1948. Following high school, he entered the U.S. Navy, where he served on the USS Pickaway for four years as an engineer, delivering troops to shore in Korea. After an honorable discharge in late 1954, he began his career with Indiana Bell Telephone Company as a service engineer in Attica.
On Dec. 10, 1955, he met and married Patsy "Pat" Reed at First Baptist Church in Hoopeston, through the Rev. Clark. Following their marriage, they lived in Attica, where they both worked for the Bell system. They then moved to Kokomo and Linton before moving to Lebanon, where they stayed.
Hoyle worked in Indianapolis, where he retired as a commercial manager in 1983. After retiring, George and Margaret Larr asked Hoyle to join them at Larr Equipment as a salesman; he remained there for 12 years through the changes in the company.
He had grown up on the farm as a child.
Hoyle had three favorite pastimes: traveling in their RV, golf and fishing. He, Pat, and one of their four schnauzers hit the road whenever they could, traveling the U.S. and spending their winters in Florida.
Hoyle served as the Chamber of Commerce president in Linton for two years and as the Civitan president. He was also the Fourth of July parade president in Linton for three years. Hoyle was Elder Emeritus of Central Christian Church in Lebanon, and a member of the Lebanon Kiwanis Club, the American Legion in Lebanon and Linton, the Telephone Pioneers of America and many other organizations.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Thomas of Lebanon; his brother, Lowell Dean (Sue) Thomas of Johnson City, Tenn., his sisters-in-law, Barbara Thomas of Bradenton, Fla., and Debbie Thomas of Acworth, Ga.; lots of nieces and nephews; and his faithful companion, Yetta Rose. Hoyle was preceded in death by his son, Bradley Reed Thomas, who passed away in May 1981; his sister, Mildred (Harold) Strong; and his brothers, B.A. (Audrey) Thomas, Ronald Thomas and Austin Thomas.
Family and friends will gather Friday, April 14, for visitation from 4 until 8 p.m. in the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. A visitation from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m., will be held on Saturday, April 15, at Central Christian Church, 311 E. Main St., Lebanon, with the Rev. Brad Miller officiating the service. Hoyle will be laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Central Christian Church, 311 E. Main St., Lebanon, IN 46052.
Online condolences may be made at www.strawmyerdrury.com.
Published on April 12, 2017
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