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Floyd Thomason Jr.

November 24, 1932 — January 20, 2023

Obituary For Floyd Thomason Jr.

Floyd Thomason Jr., 90, of Sedalia, MO, passed away January 20, 2023, at Cedarhurst of Sedalia. He was born on November 24, 1932, in Hughesville, MO, the son of Floyd Calvin Thomason and Louesa M. (Runge) Thomason, who preceded him in death. On August 9, 1951 in Houstonia, MO, he was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Carver, who preceded him in death on June 8, 2015.

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Floyd was born at home and grew up on his family farm near Hughesville, MO, the youngest of three children. He graduated from Hughesville High School in 1950. As an infant, he was entered on the register of Bethel United Methodist Church, (February, 1933), in Pettis County, still an active church today. The extended family of Louesa M. Runge (Thomason), Floyd’s mother, has celebrated countless reunions each August, which in later years has been hosted at Bethel Church. This special event was always greatly anticipated and enjoyed by Floyd and his immediate family.

Floyd married Patrica Carver in 1951, and they established residences several times over, finally building their “permanent” home on South Park, in Sedalia, in the early 1970s. In this home, he and Pat raised five children, relishing their development and graciously “adopting” their spouses.

In the early years, Floyd enjoyed camping, especially at Bennett Springs State Park, where he shared his love of the outdoors and fishing with his family. Other favorite traditions Floyd enjoyed included quail, small game, and deer hunting in the fall, and crappie fishing off his pontoon boat in the summer. Several times he was able to journey on antelope and elk hunting trips with his sons and friends in Colorado and Wyoming.

Throughout his life, Floyd’s greatest joy was his family, from oldest to youngest. He never forgot all the names of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. All of them brought him such happiness, a testament to his deep relationship with each one.

Floyd’s career of 42 years in the gas division of Missouri Public Service Company was not only a source of family support, but also a true service to Sedalia, MO. As a result, he had a penchant for knowing his hometown's history: If you drove by any location in Sedalia with Floyd, he could explain the uniquenesses of each home/business, and generally, who the people were that once lived/worked there. Once, at the Katy Trail Museum, he told more about the exhibits than the written descriptions and the volunteers working there could do.

A truly great man, Floyd maintained a clean life, a jolly humor, and a ready heart. He was not prone to anger, stood up for those he loved, and treasured all life. He often showed his good nature and passed along his wisdom as a master of axioms: “It makes me so mad, I could eat fried chicken.” “If you’re going to be a bear, be a grizzly.” “About work, learn to like it.” “Do all the things that you can, while you can.” “When you think about it, life is short.

According to Floyd, “The world is filled with all kinds of people, and one of each kind lives in Sedalia.” According to his family, Floyd was one of a kind, the very best kind.

Survivors include three children: Debbie Bloess (Randy), of Warsaw, John Thomason (Pam), of Bend, OR, Mark Thomason (Shawn), of Green Ridge, and a daughter-in-law Jody Thomason, of Blue Springs, 16 grandchildren, Brian, Amy, Jenny, Robin, Derek, Ashley, Megan, Michael, Leigh Ann, April, Kitty, Mason, Walker, Lessie, Jaden, and Addison; 19 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, Floyd was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Thomason; a daughter, Becky Thomason; a brother, Clarence Thomason; a sister, Lorene Smith.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 30, 2023, at Rea Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Eddie Brown officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.

Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Sedalia, MO, immediately following the service.

Pallbearers will be Brian Bloess, Derek Thomason, Michael Thomason, Jaden Thomason, Chase Thomason, and Derrick Goodman.

Honorary pallbearers will be Boyd Massey, Mike Mallory, Bill Neff, and Larry Schumacher.

Memorial contributions, with our thanks, may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church in the care of Rea Funeral Chapel.

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