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Edgar "Dean" Thomas

May 23, 1931 — February 19, 2021

THOMAS---Edgar “Dean,” 89, Johnstown, passed away February 19, 2021 at Conemaugh Hospital surrounded by the love of his family. Born May 23, 1931 in Johnstown to the late Reuben and Florence (Turner) Thomas. Preceded in death by wife, Theresa, daughter, Denise Gilkey and husband, Ira, brothers, Robert and Earl Thomas, and sisters, Jane Horner and Harriet Mintmier. Dean was a devoted father to Diane Hilands (Mike), Chris Thomas (Nancy), Robin Omasta (Steve), and Tracy Gawel (Doug). He was a loving Pap to Kristy, Alison, and Michael Hilands, Ryan, Alyssa, and Madison Thomas, Nicole McCreary (Brandon), Jennifer Gilbert (Tim), Dana Toscano (Anthony), Alaina and Marlina Gawel. He was thrilled to be a Great Grandpa to Noah and Emily Gilbert, and Cameron McCreary. Dean served in the Navy Reserve and was an Army veteran. He was employed as an electrician at Bethlehem Steel; retiring after 44 years of service. Our Dad was a true family man who put the needs of our Mom and family first. He was always available to help us in any way he could. Being a Jack-of-all-trades, there was nothing he couldn’t fix. He loved taking long drives with our Mom, and enjoyed many trips to the seashore with his children and grandchildren. He looked forward to casino trips with his daughter Diane. He was the center of our family and will be deeply missed. Our family would like to thank Dr. Massoud, Bridget, and the entire office staff for their wonderful care the last seven years. Dad was a member of St. Benedict’s Parish, Geistown, where a private Funeral Mass will be held at a later date. Private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family with military graveside rites by Menoher VFW, Post #155. The family is being served by Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Online condolences may be posted at The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at in memory of Edgar Thomas.


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