Keith L. Thomas was born to Les and Verna Thomas on April 11, 1926 in Azusa, California. He married Doris Parker on September 20, 1947 at the Parker family home at Elmwood, Oklahoma. Keith and Doris celebrated their 72nd anniversary last fall.
Keith professed his faith in his Lord and Savior as a young boy and was a member of the Balko Baptist Church for over 50 years.
Keith graduated from Beaver High School in 1943. After graduation, he was drafted into the Army and was on his way to Japan from the Philippines as part of the invading forces when the atomic bomb was dropped in Japan and WWII was over. He then entered Japan as part of the occupational forces. Keith came home from the war in 1946 and began farming and ranching in the Balko Community until his retirement approximately ten years ago. Keith loved farming and ranching even through the drought years, low crop and cattle price years and the mechanical breakdown years. He had a special gift for repairing anything but especially farm equipment.
Besides the Lord, the thing he loved most was his family. He loved family get togethers, family reunions and spent many hours with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sports and school activities.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Preston Thomas, a grandson, David Thomas and his son-in-law, Donny McKinney.
Keith L. Thomas, 93, passed away on January 31, 2020 in Beaver, Oklahoma.
He is survived by his wife, Doris; sons, Ed Thomas and wife, Cindy, of Laverne, Oklahoma and Rusty and wife, Shelly, of Beaver, Oklahoma; daughter, Sharon McKinney of Amarillo, Texas; grandchildren, Stefanie and Jon Decker of Amarillo, Texas, Trey Thomas of Balko, Oklahoma, Chase Thomas of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Chastyn Thomas of Beaver, Oklahoma and Hope McGuire and Rusty of Laverne, Oklahoma. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Adam, Sam and Claire Decker, Connor Thomas, Miles and Grant McGuire and Ryder Thomas; his sisters, Imogene Hatcher and Merlyn of Beaver, Oklahoma, Lavora Parker of Bokchito, Oklahoma, Joan Goodwin of Rockwall, Texas, Janis Vowell and Eddie of Campbell, Texas and Arline and Darrell Looper of Beaver, Oklahoma and host of nephews, nieces, in-laws, cousins and friends.