Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 1, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Valley Memorial Cemetery in Spring Valley, Ill. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to a charity of your choice.
Dr. Thomas was born on March 13, 1928, in Spring Valley, the son of George and Rose Scarpellini Thomas. He graduated from Hall Township High School and served in the United States Navy as a lieutenant commander in the Dental Corps during the Korean War Era. George traveled extensively with the Navy and visited many countries. He enjoyed visiting Italy and Mexico, and he spoke fluent Spanish. In 1954, Dr. Thomas graduated from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. He was a member of PSI Omega dental fraternity and also was a member of the Tazwell Dental Study Club.
He also was a member of the American Dental Association. For 35 years, he worked as a dentist in Pekin, retiring in 1996.
Dr. Thomas attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a lifelong White Sox fan, crossword puzzle fanatic and loved to play cards.
Survivors include his sister, Sandra (Martin) Offergeld, Moline; nieces, Lori Offergeld, Chicago, and Leslie Offergeld, Edwardsville, Ill.; and nephews, Michael Offergeld, Chicago, and Martin T. Offergeld, Atlanta, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Lighthouse at Silvis for their kindness and care.
Online condolences may be left for his family by visiting esterdahl.com.
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