H. Daniel Thomas Jr. DDS
H. Daniel Thomas Jr. DDS, age 72, passed away Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, after a courageous battle with Leukemia.
Born April 22, 1938, in Massillon, he was a son to Henry and Margaret (Spangler) Thomas. He grew up in Dalton and graduated from Dalton High School.
Dr. Thomas graduated from the College of Wooster in 1960, and the School of Dentistry at The Ohio State University in 1964. He was chosen for a dental internship at Youngstown City Hospital and began his practice in Minerva in 1965 where he practiced for 44 years until his retirement in December 2008. Dr. Thomas was a lifetime member of the Stark County Dental Association, Ohio Dental Association, and American Dental Association.
"Doc" was an avid basketball player. He was known for his disciplined foul shooting and accurate shot. "Doc" was awarded a four-year basketball scholarship to the College of Wooster. His love of basketball continued throughout his life and earned him many accolades. He was inducted into the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame; Stark County Hall of Fame; The Greater Canton Old Timers Basketball Association Hall of Fame and College of Wooster Athletic Hall of Fame. He participated in several "Senior Olympic" basketball events and earned numerous basketball awards and trophies throughout his career. "Doc" played in several area leagues, including YMCA, CYC and other church affiliated leagues. In 2008, Dr. Thomas was recognized as a person of character by Character Counts! in Stark County, for his work with Minerva Local Schools and was a member of Minerva First Christian Church.
Even though "Doc" loved playing basketball, the love of his life was his wife, Carol and their family. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, often enjoying pancake breakfasts with them.
Dr. Thomas married his wife of 49 years, Carol Whiteleather Thomas, in 1960.
He is survived by his wife Carol of Minerva; a son, Pastor Todd (Cathy) Thomas of Vero Beach, FL.; a daughter, Laura (James) Johnston North Canton; a brother, Dr. Michael (Dorothy) Thomas of Sarasota FL.; a sister Marilou (Dr. Kent) Berg of Carrollton; three grandchildren, James Johnston (age 11) Kyler Thomas (age 6) and Kyrra Thomas (age 1) and three nieces and three nephews.
Funeral services were held Sept. 14 in Minerva First Christian Church with Mr. Dale Roberts and Mr. Ralph Norman officiating. Burial was in East Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements were under the guidance of Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home in Minrva.
Donations can be made in his honor to Minerva First Christian Church, Aultman Inpatient Oncology Unit, or Aultman Palliative Care Unit. The family wishes to thank Dr. Schmotzer, his entire staff, staff of Aultman 6 South, and doctors and staff of the Palliative Care Unit for their compassion and excellent care.