Alvin E. “Abner” or “Abe” Thomas

August 27, 1937 ‒ May 12, 2014

Marion, Ohio

Alvin Thomas, age 76, passed away on May 12, 2014, at his residence. Surrounded by his loving wife, children, and grandchildren, he passed peacefully in his sleep after a long and hard-fought battle with respiratory disease. Al was born in Marion on August 27, 1937, the son of the late Roland and Thelma (Austin) Thomas. After graduating from Harding High School in 1955, Al attended Baldwin Wallace University and later The Ohio State University. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps., he proudly and honorably served his country. Al spent the majority of his career as a manager at Whirlpool. On June 27, 1959, Al married Nancy McCurdy, who survives him and who lovingly and diligently cared for him. Al is also survived by his four children: Ricky (Michelle) Thomas, Amy Thomas, Julie Flugga Thomas, and Jamie (Jessica) Thomas; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Velda (Bill) Huffman; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws, and friends. In addition to his parents, Al was preceded in death by his brothers Charlie and Clyde and his sister Betty. Al attended St. Mary Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Elks, and the VFW. Family will receive friends on Thursday, May 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Gunder/Hall & Folk Funeral Directors. A Mass will be celebrated for Al on Friday, May 16, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Marion with Father Thomas Buffer presiding. For more information, contact Gunder/Hall & Folk Funeral Directors at 740-382-3612. Memorial contributions may be made to Marion General Hospice or St. Mary Catholic Church in Marion. Friends may express condolences at

  • Mr. Thomas always had a smile and hug for me. I have so many awesome memories of spending time at the house laughing with everyone.Love and prayers to all.

  • Our Heartfelt Prayers and Thoughts go out to Nancy and the rest of the family. I will surely miss his dry humor and quick wit, and his ” I wasn’t there, but I heard about it” stories. He was my best friend, and I will miss him.

  • Julie and Girls, Sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad/Grandpa. My thoughts are with you and your family as you go through this time of loss. Joann Roszman

  • So sorry, prayers for your family. I can see him at the volleyball games enjoying watching Pax.

  • Rick & family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in my thoughts & prayers.

  • Uncle Abner was simply a nice guy and a good man who will be sorely missed. Our hearts are with Aunt Nancy, my cousins and their children. Rob, Karen and Katie

  • Deepest sympathy Nancy and all of your family in the loss of your loved one. Thoughts and prayers for all of you.

  • My sincerest condolences to your family on the loss of your husband and father. I am currently working 2nd shift and was unable to attend the calling hours. Just wanted to let you know I hope God gives you comfort during this time. Sincerely, Dan Chaney

  • Dear Nancy & family: Out thoughts & prayers are with you concerning the passing of Abner. Now he is with the Lord & breathing freely, which for that we are thankful. He was such a kind, gentle person with a great smile, & was a friend to all. We have many fond memories of him, & will miss him,…especially at the class reunions.