Rex H. Thomas, passed away unexpectedly at his residence on December 9, 2017 at the age of 57.
Rex was born in West Branch Michigan on May 7, 1960 to Harold Lee and Norma Jean Thomas. He graduated from Fairview High School, and then went on to Northwood University, to graduate with a culinary arts certificate and a degree in hotel restaurant management.
In June of 1980 he married his wife, Karen Rice, whom he met in college. Over the next 37 years, they raised three children and were blessed with six grandchildren. He spent his life working in the hospitality industry. Rex was an accomplished chef/caterer and hotel manager. He worked with socially, physically, and mentally challenged people to integrate them into jobs in the restaurant industry for E.G. Wills in Evansville Indiana. He was General Manager of the Hospitality House Motel in Grayling Michigan for nine years. Then went on to become the Senior Cook at Mercy Hospital in Grayling Michigan for nine years. Rex and his wife relocated to Florida, where he became a Retail Supervisor for Baptist Hospital. He was presently employed working for GCE, as a Project Manager at Legends Café in Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze Florida.
His pleasures in life were cooking and creating new recipes in the kitchen. Rex thoroughly enjoyed going to horse shows and watching his daughter barrel race. He enjoyed camping, reading, his Life Group friends, spending time with his family, and sunrise walks on the beach with his wife.
Rex is survived by his wife Karen Rice Thomas, his children Jonathon (Anne) Thomas, Matthew (Elizabeth) Thomas, Meghan Thomas, grandchildren Hannah, Emily, Abigail, Marcus, Eli, and Isabelle, his mother Norma Johnson Thomas Morey, and his siblings Debra (David) Chickonoski, Tamera (Joe) Collier, Jody (Gerri) Thomas, Wendy (Steve) Abbe, Wesley (Kim) Thomas, Vicki Thomas and her partner Kimberly Poitevint. He also leaves behind his beloved fur friend Bob Marely. He was preceded in death by his father Harold “Pete” Thomas.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate his life on December 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm. Service will be held at Community Life United Methodist Church in Gulf Breeze Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Communion Fund, care of Community Life United Methodist Church 4115 Soundside Dr, Gulf Breeze FL, 32563. Donations can also be made to Lone Survivor Foundation at www.lonesurvivorfoundation.org.
My thoughts are with you Karen and all of your Family. Rex was a Wonderful Co - worker and Friend, He was the best cook the Hospital had, I will treasure the memories he has left me with .
Laura JacksonGrayling, MI
Praying for this family and the many friends for comfort and peace. Love and Hugs.
Yvonne G AndersonPensacola, FL
Rex will be missed greatly. Best Manager and person I have ever known. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Sincerely. Betty
Betty HoodGulf Breeze, FL
Our Dearest Friend, You have been such a wonderful example of what a unconditional Husband, Father and Friend truly is all about. We have been blessed that you were in our lives (and a few extra pounds from your talent!) 'Walter' and I will forever hold the best of memories while spending time with you and K. So, while the tears we shed are for our loss of you here on earth, we also know that you are in your forever home, celebrating your new wings that GOD has promised to all believers. Fly high my friend and watch over all of us as we try to put the puzzle together though some of the pieces will be missing. Jerry (Walter) and Lisa Lynn Vanzant
Jerry and Lisa VanzantMARTINSVILLE, IN
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much Love from the Mitten♡♡♡♡
Andrea and Jeremy KingLapeer, MI
We are so sorry to hear the news concerning Rex. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
Brian and Christy DavidsonGulf Breeze, FL
Dear Rex , We will always remember all of the fun & Good Cooking at Meghan's Speed Shows. That is where we met you and your beautiful family. Always a smile & a laugh ... & of course - Great Food ! You are indeed the " Patron Saint " of Pastries ! Until we meet again... ❤️❤️❤️ Denise & Mike
Denise & Mike DeVolderHiggins Lake, MI
I'm keeping everyone affected in my prayers, I'm going to miss my uncle Rex, his laugh, his great food, & his spirit/personality. As I know everyone will. Praying & sending lots of hugs, kisses, & love/prayers to the rest of my family during this trying & difficult time. 🙏🙌💙💛
Jamie AbbeDetroit, MI
Best Chef Mercy Hospital and Grayling ever had. Karen, you and Rex were immediately missed when you left. So sorry to hear of Rex's passing.
David JarviGrayling, FL