Theodore Thomas

January 16, 1933 ~ July 9, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old


Theodore Reddick Thomas (fondly called Ted or Theo), a Reading resident passed away at the age of 90 on Sunday, July 9, 2023. He is the son of Willallen and Marguerite Thomas born in Paducah, Kentucky on January 16, 1933. He is survived by his wife, Linda Thomas and children Candice Jones, Nicholas Saknit, Loni Saknit and grandchildren – Moshanti, Monet, and Roberto. From his first marriage of 58 years with Gloria their shared children, Candice (Candi) Thomas, Randy Thomas and grandchildren - Timothy, Alex, and Madilyn. Theo also has his surviving siblings, Joandell Hahn, Tim Kelley, and Keith Kelley.

Theo was drafted and served in the Army and after retiring from the military earned his Undergraduate in Physics, University of California at Berkeley, California; a Graduate of Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology; a member of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission had over 40 years’ experience in electric power generation and transmission.  However, what Theo will most be remembered for was his love for his family, his generosity and kindness to others, his caring personality, and his endless tales of adventures throughout his life. Even if you heard the story before it was always pure entertainment to hear it again as if for the first time.

His love for the arts became the forefront though, with his home showcasing his drawings and paintings and even exhibiting his art at the Annual Senior Festival of Arts sponsored by Berk’s Encore and other local organizations, including his first exhibit at the Jewish Community Center followed by a second at the Highland Retirement Community.

Theodore was a gentleman to all and will be greatly missed by not just his family but all those that had the honor to meet him and spend even a moment in his presence. A private service will be held by Linda and their children, if you wish to attend or send flowers please contact Candice Jones by email at  

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