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Richard Tomas
In Memory of

Richard C. "Rich" Tomas

1941 - 2019

Obituary of Richard C. Tomas

Richard “Rich” C. Tomas, 77, of Solon, passed away at his home on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. 

Born June 23, 1941, the son of Martha (Vermace) and Charles Tomas.  Rich grew up in Oxford, IA, on a family farm, of which he had many fond memories. Upon graduation from Oxford High School in 1959, he enlisted in the United States Navy for 4 years.

Rich was employed by Ledford Engineering and Western Fraternal Life prior to his retirement. After retirement he enjoyed mowing at Lake MacBride Golf Course, wintering in Florida, socializing with friends and family and watching the Cubs and Hawkeyes, and recently Iowa State.

His family includes his wife, Mary who Rich married in 1992; their children, Matt, Lori  (Jeremiah) Sinnwell, Lisa (John) Brokaw and Andy (Joleen) Lawrence;  sister, Doris (Jerry) Siegel; grandchildren Jacob, Alyssa, Wesley Tomas, Madison and Macy Kasparek, Lorin and Andy Brokaw, Lawsin and Joli Sinnwell, Quin and Alana Lawrence, and four nieces.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Michele Kasparek.

A Celebration of Rich’s life will be held from 1 to 3 pm Monday, January 28, 2019, at the Solon American Legion.  Private graveside services will be held at the Oakland Cemetery in Solon with Military Honors.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in his memory to the Solon Fire Department or the Solon American Legion Post #460.  To share a thought, memory or condolence with his family please visit the funeral home website @ 

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Rich’s family and his arrangements.