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James P. "Jim" Thomas, 60, of Grand Island, NE, passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 with his family at his side.
Memorial service and celebration of Jim's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church of Grand Island. Reverend Kelly Karges and Pastor Murray Jones will officiate. Burial of ashes will follow in Grand Island City Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to Jim's family for future designation. All Faiths Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. Jim was born December 20, 1960 in Aberdeen, S.D., the son of Anton and Mary (Heinz) Thomas.
He grew up in Aberdeen, graduating from Central High School, class of 1979. Jim entered the United States Army in 1980, serving until 1983, and spent the majority of that time in Germany. He enjoyed his time in Germany, with stories of skiing the Swiss Alps and sampling the beer. On December 29, 2006, Jim married Sally Peterson in Grand Island. They made their home in Grand Island. Jim drove a truck his entire life, with numerous trucking companies, including Midwest Express, Country General and was currently employed by Chesterman Coca-Cola Company as a transport driver. His family was an important part of his life. He was always willing to help out. He loved attending the birthdays and events of his nieces and nephews and loved seeing and hearing of all the activities of his grandchildren.
Jim took many road trips with Sally on their motorcycles. He was a Husker football fan; and enjoyed woodworking and muscle cars, especially Mopar. Those who will cherish his memory include his wife, Sally; son, Justin Maack (Sierra Marte); six grandchildren, Riley, Jayden, Caiden, Kasyn, Jahnae and Dominic; his siblings, Sherry (Rob) Sperle, Don Thomas (Ruth Mikkonen), Daryl Thomas, Marylou (Doug) Robinson and Lori Thomas; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Angie Ehnes. Online remembrances may be left at www.giallfaiths.com.