Charles A. Thomas, 82, of Marietta, died Monday (Dec. 16, 2013) at his home with his loving wife, Ann, by his side.
He was born in Albany, N.Y., Feb. 5, 1931. He left school at 16 to work, got his GED and later joined the Navy at the time of the Korean War. He served four years at the naval base in Chinkateaque, N.J., where he received extensive training in electronics and computer science in which he excelled. He left the Navy to work for Burroughs corporation and then moved on to the IBM Company working in the computer programming field and as a technical writer. He was a valued employee for 31 years, retiring in 1990.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Amash, and was a loved member of her family of four children and 12 grandchildren. He is also survived by his three children from his first marriage, Stephen (Cathy) Thomas and their children, Greg, Grant and Caitlyn Thomas, all of Wingdale, N.Y., Diane (Will) Hernandez and their four grandchildren of Newburgh, N.Y., and Jon Thomas of Cary, N.C. He is also survived by his twin sister, Joan Frakes of Clifton Park, N.Y.
Charlie loved to do woodworking and was known for his fine singing voice. He was a member of the choir of St. Luke's Episcopal Church and sang in many choral groups throughout his life.
Charlie donated his body to OSU. A memorial service will be held in the spring.