Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Paul Eugene Thomas

Paul Eugene Thomas, age 83 of Shelby, died Saturday evening, July 19, 2014 at Elmcroft of Ontario.

Paul was born January 27, 1931, at the family farm in Lexington, Ohio, to Emerson and Bertha (Siegfried) Thomas. He was a graduate of Ontario High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from 1948-1951. He reenlisted in the U.S.  Army serving in Korea during the Korean War from 1951-1953. For 32 years he was the shipping and receiving supervisor at PPG in Crestline, retiring in 1991. Paul and his wife, Maxine, made ceramics for many years and sold their artistic creations at shows all across Ohio.

He is survived by 2 daughters: Becky Bertke of Shelby and Terri Thomas of Crestline; a granddaughter: Sarah (Sam) Schumacher of Columbus; 2 sisters: Ilo (Albert) Bertin of Alabama, and Helen Kiser of Galion; 3 brothers: Carl Thomas of Lexington, Richard Thomas of Bucyrus, and Lowell Thomas of Arizona. Paul was preceded in death by his wife: Mary Maxine (Steffee) Thomas in 2009; a daughter: Cathy Sue Thomas in 1957; 3 brothers: Donald Thomas, Harold Thomas, and Ray Thomas.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from  5-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday at 1 PM by his neighbor, Father James Sanford. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery in Johnsville, Ohio with military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Memorial expressions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland, Ohio  44805. To share a memory or to send a message of condolence for the Thomas family, please visit



Memories & Condolence

  1. Ann Imhoff says:

    Sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Prayers are with you and your family.
    Ann Imhoff

  2. Mindy Utz says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Ron and Linda Fagg says:

    You have our sympathy at this time of sadness. Prayers to your family and hold your memories always in your heart.

  4. Eileen Bender says:

    Best Father i have ever seen. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  5. Uncle Lowell says:

    Terri, Beck & Sarah, Sympathy from the delayed twin, I will miss our Sunday phone calls. I’m remembering the good times. Paul was a good man. And a great brother.

  6. Vaunie says:

    Beck & Terri, I am so sad of Uncle Paul passing, I have only fond memories of him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sarah your grandpa loved you so, keep his memories in your heart.

  7. Nora Mazza Gardner says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. Hope your memories will bring you some comfort soon.
    My prayers are with you, your sister and Sarah.

    Tom and Nora Gardner

  8. Josh Thomas says:

    Becky, Terri, and Sarah:

    I send my condolences. Uncle Paul was a great man. I am honored to have known him. My prayers are with you and yours. I wish you strength through these hard times. 🙂

    Josh, Kristopher, Diahni, and Rose Marie Thomas

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