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Harry R. Thomas, Sr.

Harry R. Thomas, Sr., 85 of Bradys Bend died Thursday, December 30, 2021, at his home. Born December 20, 1936, in Butler, he was the son of Harry R. and Martha (Gilbert) Thomas. On August 16, 1984, Harry married the former Sherry R. Hillwig, she survives. Harry was employed for over 30 years by the VA Healthcare System in Butler. A US Navy Veteran, Harry served as a Boilerman 3rd Class on the USS Randolph. He was a member of the American Legion Post #488, and the East Butler Fire Hall. Harry enjoyed hunting, working on cars, and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Sherry R. Thomas of Bradys Bend. His children, Harry Thomas Jr., Shane (Beth) Ozella, and Nicky (Jeff) Slowinski. His siblings, James Thomas and Sarah (Don) Bortmas, and his caregiver and brother-in-law, Terry Hillwig. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Melissa, Trista, Dan, Brittany, Colt; five great-grandchildren, Alexis, Austin, Alex, Ava, Jace, and many nieces and nephews. Harry was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, George, Fred, Don; and two sisters, Janet and Mabel, and one daughter-in-law, Tammy. Friends of Harry R. Thomas Sr. will be received 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM, Monday, January 3, 2022 at Buechele Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 707 Kellys Way, East Brady, PA 16028. Funeral Services will be held in the funeral home at 8:00 PM, Monday with Pastor Paul DeBacco, officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the American Legion Post #488, 975 State Route 68, East Brady, PA 16028, or the East Butler Fire Hall, 808 Grant Avenue, East Butler, PA 16029. To view or express condolences, please visit

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