Ron Thomas, 78, of Hidden Hills Tonasket, Wash., died early Saturday morning Feb. 3, 2018 at Park Place Omak. He was born Nov. 13, 1939, in Salem, Ore. His parents were Ralph and Opal Thomas.
Ron grew up in eastern Oregon and joined the U.S. Navy at 17. He served on the U.S.S Independence, the largest attack carrier ever built, at that time, He took courses and learned to assemble the first hydrogen bombs which were assembled in underground areas. Later, he owned a few tire stores, eventually selling them to Les Schwab.
He had three children by his first marriage to Barbara Dober. They were divorced in 1976.
He met Martha Shields through mutual friends in Oregon married in Hawaii and traveled the world before retiring in 1977 in Port Ludlow, Wash. He had Romar Construction & Decorating and moved to Tonasket to build Hidden Hills Guest Ranch, running that for over 26 years.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Kristi Giles; one step-son, Ray Shields; two brothers; and his parents. He is survived by one son, Derek Thomas, of Yakima, Wash.; one daughter, Kelli Hoel, of Renton, Wash.; one step-son, Jon Shields, Gig Harbor, Wash.; one step-daughter, Crystal Nichols Los Gatos, Calif.; and one brother, Darrell Thomas, Wallowa, Ore.
Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at the Community Presbyterian Church, 9 Birch St., Omak, with Pastor William Heming officiating.
Precht-Harrison-Nearents is in charge of arrangements. Interment will be at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery, 21702 W. Espanola Road, Medical Lake, WA.