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March 23, 1925 - December 4, 2022

No services are being planned at this time. Basil will be laid to rest in the spring next to his wife at Evergreen Cemetery, Kalkaska. Memorial contributions may be given to Kalkaska Senior Center, in c/o the funeral home.

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Age 97, passed away Sunday morning, December 4, 2022. Basil was born in Schoolcraft, on March 23, 1925, the son of Leo and Anita Thomas. He was married to Thelma Mae Morris Thomas who preceded him in death in 1998. Basil proudly served his nation in the U.S. Navy and was present for the invasion at Normandy. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service. In his spare-time he enjoyed fishing and shooting pool. He worked for James River Paper Company. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Basil is survived by his children, Russell Thomas of Portage and Patricia (Michael) Freese of Bloomfield, IA; son-in-law, E.J. Hart; 7 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; sisters, Marlene, Norene, Catherine; brother, Duane; many nieces and nephews; and countless friends. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Audrey Hart; and several brothers and sisters.