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Herbert Calvin Thomas Jr.

October 12, 1958 — November 17, 2021

Herbert Calvin Thomas Jr., 63, of Urbana Ohio died on Nov. 17, 2021 at Maria Joseph Center in Dayton, Ohio. Born on Oct. 12, 1958, to parents Herbert C. Thomas Sr. and Maria Mercedes Thomas in Urbana, Herb was a beloved son, husband, father and grandfather.

Growing up, Herb loved music, sports, learning, and traveling to visit his mother’s family in Guadalajara, Mexico. He graduated from Urbana High School in 1977. Prior to graduation, he was a proud member of the Hillclimbers football team. He attended Florida A&M University and was a graduate of Clark Technical College, where he was a part of the basketball team.

Herb was a retired assistant to the Ohio State Auditor and worked part time as a jeweler. He was an active member of his church, St. Mary’s in Urbana, until his health declined. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and sang in the St. Mary’s Catholic church choir. Herb enjoyed watching his favorite football teams, the Cleveland Browns and The Ohio State Buckeyes; playing the saxophone, listening to Dayton funk music, visiting his family, and enjoying the occasional strawberry milkshake.

Herb is survived by his father, Herbert Calvin Thomas Sr.; siblings, Maria (Dan) Jones and Homer Byron Thomas; two daughters, Jessica (Matt) Thomas-Raska and Julia Thomas; niece and nephew, Monica and Matthew Jones; stepchildren, Matthew (Amber) and Brittany (Jamie) Slone; and grandchildren, Calliope Raska, Lydia Huffman, Tristan Huffman, Gabrielle Huffman, and Zachary Huffman. He is preceded in death by his mother, Maria Mercedes Thomas and his wife Oleta Huffman.

Herb’s family will celebrate his life with a viewing on Monday, Nov. 22 from 4-6 p.m. at Walter and Lewis Funeral home and a funeral Mass on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, both in Urbana, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance at

In order to protect our beloved relatives, attendees are required to wear a mask regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

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Service Schedule

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Monday, November 22, 2021

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

Walter & Lewis Funeral & Cremation Services

642 S. Main Street, Urbana, OH 43078

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

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