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Russel A. Thomas Sr.
August 30, 1947 ~ October 11, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Russel Allan Thomas Sr., age 76, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at his home in Mishawaka. Russ was born August 30, 1947, to the late Delmas and Evelyn (Hill) Thomas in South Bend, Indiana. While at Riley High School, Russ met Karel Lee Miller and they were married on March 12, 1966. They celebrated 53 years of marriage before her passing in May of 2019.
Surviving are his children Jacqueline Hable of Mishawaka, Russ Thomas Jr. of Elkhart, Kelley Marciniak, and Melissa Glant, both of Mishawaka. Russ is also survived by his sister Candy (Kyle) Kamerer, nine grandchildren and several great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his siblings Gloria Mann and Chuck Thomas as well as his son-in-law Christopher Marciniak.
Visitation will be held from 4-7pm Tuesday, October 17, 2023, at Cruz Family Funeral Home in Osceola with funeral services to follow at 7pm. A procession will form at Cruz Family Funeral Home beginning at 10am Wednesday, October 18, 2023, for a procession to Southlawn Cemetery for a graveside committal ceremony at 11:00 am.
Russ and Karel owned and operated their own Karaoke business for over 20 years, entertaining at numerous bars and clubs throughout Michiana. His charismatic presence and love for music made him an excellent DJ, leaving lasting memories in the hearts of all who attended his shows. He was a man of simple pleasures who enjoyed the company of loved ones and friends, often accompanied by a cold Miller Genuine Draft beer, a beverage that became synonymous with the shared laughter and camaraderie he so cherished.
Russ had a passion for cars that spanned both classic and modern models. He was also passionate about football, particularly the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and in his younger years, he loved to play pool and shoot darts with family and friends, building bonds and creating memories that would last a lifetime.
Russ also found joy in spending time outdoors, whether it was mowing the lawn or simply enjoying the beauty of his backyard. His dog, Barney, was not just a pet but a lifelong best friend and loyal companion, reflecting the deep bond between man and “man’s best friend.”
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