G. L. (Tom) Thomas, an esteemed banker and devoted family man, passed away on September 7, 2023 in Independence, Missouri. He was born on July 6, 1930, in Wathena, Kansas to Francis "Curly" Thomas and Ada Mae (Bezona) Caldwell.
Tom had an illustrious career in banking, dedicating many years of service to Blue Ridge Bank and Trust. He started his career in finance and banking at C.I.T. Financial and then with Laurel American Bank. In 1988, he joined Blue Ridge Bank and Trust as President and worked his way up to CEO and Chairman of the Board until his well-deserved retirement. Tom's commitment and expertise in the banking industry were invaluable, leaving a lasting impact on the institution.
Tom also proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force during the Korean War. His military service demonstrated his patriotism and commitment to protecting his fellow citizens.
Beyond his professional achievements, Tom found solace and joy on the water, particularly through boating and spending time at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. These peaceful moments embraced nature's serenity which brought him tranquility.
Tom's life was enriched by cherished relationships with loved ones. He leaves behind Barbara Jean (Duncan) Thomas, his loving wife of 72 years who stood beside him throughout their journey together. Their strong bond symbolized love, support, and companionship through thick and thin.
He is also survived by his devoted daughter and her husband, Gayle and Bob Hopkins; Becca Hopkins, granddaughter; and Brad Hopkins, grandson. Tom's love for his family was immeasurable, evident in the deep connection they shared throughout their lives.
A visitation honoring Tom's memory will take place on September 13, 2023 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM at Speaks Suburban Chapel, located at 18020 East 39th St S, Independence, MO 64055. This will be followed by a funeral service at the same location at 1:30 PM. His interment will follow at Floral Hills East Cemetery in Lee's Summit, MO.
Tom Thomas has left an indelible mark on the lives of those who had the privilege of knowing him. He will forever be remembered for his love for his family, his dedication to his profession, and his genuine zest for life. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to the Truman Heartland Community Foundation.