February 14, 1938 ~ August 10, 2020

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Joseph “Raymond” Thomas, 82, passed away August 10, 2020 at OHRH. He was born February 14, 1938 in Union County, Kentucky to the late Roy and Willie Florence Thomas. He retired from Daramic after 32 years.
Raymond enjoyed golfing and spending time with his grandchildren and family. He coached youth baseball for many years and was known as one of the best fastpitch softball pitchers in the area.

Along with his parents, Raymond was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Grant Thomas who passed in 2012; siblings, William Thomas, Kathleen Phillips, Frank Thomas, Jim Thomas, Margaret Bickett, and Dorothy Louise Thomas.

Surviving are his children, Mike Thomas, Dan (Darlene) Thomas, Theresa (Kenny) Ambs, and Cathy (Barry) Hardy, all of Owensboro; grandchildren, Lauren Thomas, Jillian (Jared) Gainous, Reid (Sarah) Thomas, Hillary Thomas, Abby (Anthony) Vogt, Katie (Mazden) Tyler, Josh Thomas, Eric Thomas-Pate, Steven (Anna) Ambs, David Ambs, Jeffrey Ambs, William (Megan) Henness, and Rachel Henness; and five great-grandchildren; and siblings, Bob Thomas, Martina Blandford, Evelyn (Jim) Mattingly, and Sue Thomas.

Services will be a noon, Thursday, August 13, 2020 at Immaculate Catholic Church with Father John Vaughan officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, 9am to noon at the church. All those who wish to honor and remember Mr. Thomas in person at the visitation or service are required to wear a mask for the safety of all those in attendance.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 7232 KY-56, Owensboro, KY 42301, and Immaculate Catholic Church, 2516 Christie Pl, Owensboro, KY 42301.
Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Joseph Raymond Thomas. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Joseph Raymond Thomas and sign his virtual guest book by going to

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with Uncle Raymond’s children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and his siblings. His memory will always be in our hearts.

    Love to you all

  2. So sorry to hear this. I knew Raymond when I stayed with my Grandmother Ranson. His daddy was one of my favorite people. Prayers.

  3. Sincere sympathy to all the Thomas Families,
    We will miss seeing Raymond at the Sunday 8:00 Mass. He always had a smile with his “Hello” as we greeted him at the door. Like us he sat in the south wing area, he was in the back pew while we sat in the front pew. May God give you peace during this sorrowful time and may he rest in peace.

  4. Mike, Dan, Theresa and Cathy – you guys are in our thoughts and prayers.. so sorry for the loss of your dad. He was Always was such a nice guy… win or lose at the ball field for many years, always a good sport with a smile. Prayers for you guys over the next few days… Thinking of you guys..

  5. You have our deepest sympathy during this difficult time. Your dad was a sweet man and enjoyed his family. Many thoughts, blessings and prayers to all of you.

    God Bless, Mary & Tony Askin

  6. Mike and Dan and your two Sisters,
    We are so sorry to see where your Dad passed. I enjoyed talking to Him after Mass at Imm. and working with Him at Parish Picnics. Know that your Families are in our Prayers.
    Scott & Leanne Murphy

  7. I had never spoke with Ray (Mr. Thomas) but knowing Mike and Dan, I knew he was solid individual.
    May he rest in peace and see the face of God.

  8. We wish we could be with you today as you remember and celebrate your dad’s life. Hugs and prayers always.

  9. To the Thomas Family, Know that each of you are in our prayers. That is the beauty of living in a small town area. We get to know every one . So sorry Larry and I couldn’t make it to the wake or the funeral Mass. We will have a Mass said for Raymond in our parish church, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Evansville, Indiana. Will post on facebook in case anyone wants to come…when that happens.
    I remember Raymond for all the baseball games and the practice games. He would let us girls play I was one of the few brave enough to face him in the out field..He always stepped closer to home plate to pitch to us girls, so we had a chance to hit the ball…lol..slow pitch. He helped make life happier for all. Now he has those angels pulling up those gowns and tying down the wings and playing baseball. Keep having fun Raymond, maybe in heaven I won’t be last player picked..

  10. Thomas family:
    So sorry to hear about Raymond’s passing..worked with him at Daramic for many years..Missed him at our
    last several breakfast meetings at Ole South.. can’t believe he’d been retired for 20 years! I’ll keep him in my thoughts and prayers..May the Lord guide you through this difficult time.

    Tom Luckett

  11. To the Thomas Family… You are in our Thought and Prayers…we will have a Mass said at our Parrish … Precious Blood.. Rita and Frankie Cecil

  12. Hi Mike, Dan & Darlene, Theresa, Cathy and all the family, I wasn’t able to attend the funeral so I am sending my sympathies on your loss. What a sweet, quiet man with a warm smile is how I remember Raymond. No doubt he was a family treasure to the Grant Family. Such joy your mom must’ve had to welcome him home and be reunited again. Take care and remember he’s not gone, just gone ahead. Much love Teresa Wethington Wilson

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