Duane Everett Thomas

September 13, 1957 ‒ September 01, 2017

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Duane Everett Thomas, age 59, of Mount Vernon, OH, passed away on Friday, September 1, 2017 at the Knox Community Hospital. He was born on September 13, 1957 in Newark, OH, to the late Roy E. and Wanda (Henthorn) Thomas.

The man, the myth, the legend, loved by many, hated by some and feared by others, but always remembered. Duane, the good looking, smart, debonair man, as he would like to call himself.  Others may remember him as the crazy Clint Eastwood.  He would be happy with either memory of him.  We would love to say he was kind, caring and generous, but we all know Duane had a special way of showing his love.  He loved wholeheartedly the best way he knew how.

He loved booze, guns, women, karate, mudrunning and other things we don’t need to mention. He hated thieves, the government, law enforcement, and varmints, not necessarily in that order.  He lived an adventures life and loved to travel.  Texas and New Orleans were some of his favorite spots, but always came back to Ohio where his family resided.  He spent many years working at PACS in Mount Vernon, OH, as a QUAC.  It was a job he loved and hated all at the same time. His lifelong dream was to be a snipper with the CIA, but we believe his crazy Clint Eastwood style deterred the CIA from seeing his true potential.  He will forever be loved. He will forever be remembered.

He is survived by his children, Joseph Thomas, Shawn O’Rourke; daughters, Tiffiny Holley, Jessica (Kevin) Ruark; grandchildren, Alexx Case, Casandra Spencer, Ana and Rea Bennett, Hannah and Eden O’Rourke; brothers, Russell Speaks, Michael Grennell, Bobby Speaks, Chris (Jack) Rasom; a sisters, Patricia Grennell Moran, Carol Speaks; niece, Jenna May Grennell; and nephews, Scott Grennell, and James Fawcett.

Calling hours will take place on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 1:00pm until the celebration of life service starting a 3:00pm at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home; 201 Newark Rd, Mount Vernon, OH, 43050 with Pastor Marvin Haught officiating.

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  • Sorry for your loss. I worked with Duane at PACS for many years. He was a great guy, was always talking about his children. Gonna miss reading his posts on facebook . Thoughts and prayers to his family. RIP Duane

  • RIP Uncle Duane, you will be missed, I hope you are in a better place. Until we see each other on the other side Love your nephew Scottie.

  • I’m so glad that I only have good memories with you, even when I was getting into trouble at your place (which was more times than I can count), you were always so good to me and I will never forget. You were my 2nd Dad for a huge part of my life and I will be forever grateful for that! RIP Duane! Much love always, your adopted daughter.

  • Thinking of you all in this time of Sorrow just remember the good times and forget the sad we are never ready to lose our parents it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to deal with in my life thinking of you all

  • Great obit! And very fitting, altho it didn’t emphasize how great a friend Duane could be. I’m very, very sorry to hear Duane has left us. He will be missed.
    Sorry, it appears I cannot make the calling hours Friday as I have a prior commitment that will take me out of town. Know that I will be thinking of Duane and all the family and friends.

    A friend from AMVETS 95, the old Silver Dollar, and nearly lifelong contact with the Henthorn family,
    Nancy Black