Raymond Stanley Thomas of Hermiston was born November 8, 1944 in Portland, Oregon the son of Clarence and Marcia (Gibbs) Thomas. He passed away in Hermiston on Friday January 24, 2020 at the age of 75.
Ray grew up and attended school in the Portland area. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army for three years. He then returned to Portland where resided until the late 1980's. In the Portland area he worked in the coffee industry for twenty years, first as a salesman and later as a district manager.
In 1988, Ray and Sally purchased Vern’s Distribution and they soon thereafter moved to Pendleton. In 2000, the couple relocated to Hermiston where they have resided for the past twenty years. In 2005, they sold the business to their son Christopher so they could retire and travel.
Ray enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, traveling and snowbirding to the Palm Desert area for the past fifteen years.
He is survived by his wife of fifty three years, Sally; daughter, Jody and husband Sean Grant and sons, Dylan and David; Chris and wife, Kaleen Thomas and sons, Jack and Adam; sister, Sandra Thomas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Marcia; and a granddaughter, Jenna Thomas.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. on Saturday February 22, 2020 at the Maxwell Siding Pavilion (255 N. 1ST Street Hermiston, OR 97838). A private family burial was in Washtucna Pioneer Memorial Cemetery in Washtucna, WA. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, family suggest memorial donations be made to the Hermiston Warming Station P.O. Box 433 Hermiston, Oregon 97838
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