Funeral Notice: James E. Thomas, Col. USAFR


Thomas, James E. Col. USAFR Age 82, of Isles of Capri, FL, passed away on February 5, 2018. Born January 13, 1936 in Minneapolis, MN, he was the son of the late Edward John & Marie (Cleland) Thomas. Col. Thomas spent 30 years in the U.S. Air Force and 18 years in Civil Service. He served in Germany, Vietnam and Hawaii. Col. Thomas, "Jimmy Jet", flew 252 combat missions as a Forward Air Controller in the 01E "Bird Dog" in Vietnam and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and nine air medals. He is survived by his nieces, Shari M. (Stuart) Curet and Janie R. (Terry O'Reilley) Johns; nephew, Kevin T. Johns; and former wife, Joan M. Thomas. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Jane T. (Harry E.) Johns, Rosemary T. Perpich; and son, Shawn R. Thomas. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30am Monday April 30th with visitation beginning at 9:30am at The Church of Our Lady of Grace, 5051 Eden Ave S., Edina. Interment with Military Honors, Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Edina Chapel 952-920-3996