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Richard Thomet, 85, of St. Marys formerly of Fontana, California, and Ada, Michigan, passed away at the home of his daughter on Jan. 19, 2020. 

Richard was born in Ada, Michigan, to the late Alfred and Fanny (Linkfield) Thomet on Sept. 8, 1934. He moved to Fontana, California, in 1971 with his wife and children and to St. Marys in June 2018.

Richard’s greatest memories were of his boyhood on his parents’ dairy farm and he always identified as a farmer even though he largely made his living driving trucks. Richard was active in the communities in which he lived by serving as a volunteer firefighter for Ada, Michigan, and as a member of both the Lions Club and Moose Lodge in Fontana, California. For many years, his favorite pastime was bowling and he became quite good, carrying an average of 205-210.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; his sons, Shawn and Randy; his brother, Stewart; his sister, Jeanne; and his parents.

Richard is survived by his daughters, Suzanne (Michael) Carroll of St. Marys, Renee (Edward) Riehl of California, and his sons, Rick (Cindy) of Amarillo, Texas, Scott (Sandy) of Apache Junction, Arizona; and his brothers, Ron and Alfred (Duke) of Michigan. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Terrance, Michael, Rhiannon and Joshua; four great-grandchildren, Kirsten, Collin, Anastasia, and Katelyn; one great-great-grandchild, Calvin; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Memorialization is by cremation. The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.