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James D. Thomas, 68 longtime resident of Waterloo-Cedar Falls died Friday, March 27, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Services celebrating Jim's life will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web @ www.gayandciha.com.

James Dearl Thomas was born January 29, 1947, in Waterloo, Iowa the son of Robert D. and Stella J. (Geary) Thomas. Following graduation from Waterloo West High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy serving his country during the Vietnam War. On September 19, 1967, he was united in marriage to Sarah Jo Stonequist. For many years he has worked in janitorial service, both in the private sector with his company, Thomas Janitorial and also for John Deere. Jim enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and was very proud of his service and other fellow Vietnam Veteran's service to their country.

His family includes his wife, Sarah; daughters, Barbara J. Thomas of Cedar Falls; and Monica Newkirk (Tim) of Hines, OR; sisters, Katherine Caya of Waterloo; and Mary Paredes of Texas; 3 grandchidlren, Zane Thomas, Joshua Newkirk and Caitlyn Newkirk; and 1 great-granddaughter, Morgana.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a granddaughter, Brandy Rice.

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