John C. "Silky" Thoma, 71, of Fort Dodge, son of Cletus William Thoma and Gertrude (Fecteau) Thoma died December 24, 2017 at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 PM on Friday, December 29th at Corpus Christi Church with Msgr. Kevin McCoy officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Barnum. A visitation will be on Thursday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, with a Vigil Prayer Service at 7:00 PM all at Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home.
John is survived by his wife, Sue of Fort Dodge; sons, Mike (Joy) Thoma of Clare and Mark Thoma of Ankeny; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; 2 step-grandchildren; brothers, Bill of Fort Dodge, Chris of Fort Dodge, Randy of Barnum, Todd of FL, Joe of Riceville; and sister, Jean of Omaha.
He was preceded in death by his parents; nephews, Richard and Shyler Thoma; and great grandson, Parker Thoma.
John Cletus Thoma was born December 14, 1946 at his home in Gilmore City. John married Sue Krebs in Manson on April 29, 1967 and to this union, had two sons. Over the years, John worked as a butcher, Webster County road maintenance employee and was a Fort Dodge fireman for 32 years. He also farmed for his aunt and uncle for over 50 years. John enjoyed his morning coffee and cards with friends and fellow co-workers and fishing at the lake.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be left to Hospice of Fort Dodge.
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Sue & family, My heart hurts for all of you. Of course my fondest memories of John are of our childhood & I remember the mischievous boy who played baseball with me, climbed the old mulberry tree at the farm, played Roy Rodgers, hide and seek in the barn in the hayloft, rode the calves like we were in a rodeo, (much to uncle Clete's dismay), taught me how to catch pigeons in the barn with a flashlight then turn them loose in the house to Gert's great anguish,( I think we may have gotten a butt beatin for that) had Julie Sullivan take me under her wing the first day I went to school at Barnum, put me on his horse by the old school and laughed his ass off when the horse ran like a maniac back to the old barn, and conned me into sitting in a closet of all places and lighting off a box of matches with him. ( I clearly remember the butt beatin we got for that one)!!! Baling hay & him helping me learn to drive the old John Deere. Always a tease but a protector of those he cared for. And I remember Mom & I playing cupid with John & Sue because despite his orneriness he was pretty shy with girls and we just knew Sue was the right girl for him. I am so glad he was part of my dearest childhood memories and I am so sad for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and John's brothers and sister. Dwight & Judy (Thoma) Frideres
Very sorry for your loss to the Thoma Family. John was a great co-worker. Will remember John and all the great times we shared. From the Bruce Dolder family.
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