In memory of
Joe Barrett Thomas July 6, 1929 - October 14, 2016 Joe Barrett Thomas, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully on October 14, 2016 in Merced, California. Joe was born to Ed and Mabel Thomas in Ryan, Oklahoma. Joe was preceeded in death by his parents, son Donald and daughter Patricia, and all of his 8 siblings. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Beverly Thomas, son William Thomas, daughters Barbara Schlosser, and Susan Pereira, son-in-laws Michael Schlosser and David Pereira, grandsons Nathan Cox and Robert Fierro, granddaughter Jessica Fierro, great-grandson Spencer Cox, great granddaughters Jasmine Barragan and Jalen-Rose Garces, and many nieces and nephews. Upon arriving in California in the 1940's, Joe served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army in the Korean war. Joe got his start in factory work as a young man and belonged to the Masonic Peninsula Lodge in San Carlos, CA. He bought his first Mobile Home Park in Ukiah in 1966. He did most of the improvements and additions to the park himself. He also bought a motel and developed a mobile home park adjacent to it. In 1973 Joe moved his family to Merced to own and manage the Riviera Holiday Mobile Estates. He built that mobile home park from 15 spaces to a 211 space Park. He managed the park until 2014 when his health no longer allowed him to. He was loved by all who were fortunate to know him. He was well known for his friendly smile, boisterous greeting and great bear hugs. He will be so greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to "Disabled American Veterans" ( dav.org ) in his name. Please check box "This is an honorable and memorial gift." Special thanks to Hylond Health Care Center in Merced. Services will be held at Ivers and Alcorn, 901 W. Main St. in Merced on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Viewing begins at 10:00 am, service at 11:00 am and reception at noon. www.cvobituaries.com
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