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James L. Thomas

March 21, 2019

James Lee Thomas, age 72, of Columbus, died Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. He was a retired computer technologist and operated his own business in Columbus. During his retirement, he was an associate of the City of Columbus parks and recreation. A veteran of the United State Air Force, he served during the Vietnam War and was later stationed in Germany. He enjoyed woodworking and garage sales and was a fan of the OSU Buckeyes. He especially liked portraying Santa Claus throughout the year. He was born November 24, 1946 in Auburn, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his father, Wayne Thomas; his mother, Helen Walter Wunderlin; and his sister, Nancy Deardorf. He is survived by his son, Morgan (Rachel Helfrich) Thomas of Marysville; his daughter, Jessica (Evan Troyer) Thomas of Marengo; his grandchildren, Oliver and Harrison; his sisters, Patricia (Ralph) Aalders of Auburn, Indiana and Jerilyn (Robert) Farver of Ashley, Indiana; and many nieces and nephews. The family will hold private services. Underwood Funeral Home in Marysville is assisting the family. Memorial contributions may be made to a veteran organization of choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


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