Floyd Leroy Thomas was born on November 23, 1936 to Hervey Edward Thomas and Phillipine Florence Arnold Thomas at home in Fargo, Oklahoma. Floyd attended the local country school in Fargo. He was the youngest of nine children. Floyd was put to work at the young age of ten on the farm. He moved to Hazelton, Kansas and lived with his sister and there met his wife of sixty-three years, Wanda Lou Hill.
Floyd worked for Coontz Implement as a hay equipment mechanic for several years. Before moving to Cherokee, Floyd and Wanda adopted Debbie Kaye and Susan Diane. Once in Cherokee, Floyd worked for New Holland and eventually started his own Hesston Dealership. Upon retirement Floyd and Wanda moved to Corwin, Kansas and lived on their farm while raising cattle. Even in his retirement, Floyd continued to work on hay equipment. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and being outdoors.
Floyd is preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, and one sister.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda of Kiowa; daughter, Debbie Leech and husband, Steven of Kiowa; granddaughter, Kori Salinas and husband, Jose and great grandson, Gabriel of Kiowa; daughter, Diane Gross and husband, Warren and grandchildren, Emily Confer and husband, Christian, Ryan and Allison Gross of Amarillo, Texas; two sisters, Cleo Jahay of Carl Junction, Missouri and Faye Ella Woods of Woodward, Oklahoma.
Memorial service for Floyd will be Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Bible Fellowship Church in Kiowa. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa. www.lanmanmemorials.com Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc.
Memorials may be made to the Kiowa District Manor Activity Department through the funeral home.
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