January 26, 2019

Clarence Joseph Thomas Jr.

Clarence Joseph Thomas Jr., 85, formerly of Watertown, NY passed away on January 24, 2019 at Bryan West Hospital. Born April 14, 1933 to Clarence and Hazel (Fairand-) Thomas, Sr. Clarence joined the US Air Force in January 1953.  He was stationed in Lincoln, Nebraska where he met Jacquelen Schleiger.  They were married on October 27, 1956.  Clarence worked for the Air National Guard and retired on April 1993.

Clarence is survived by his son, Claren Jay (Lori) Thomas of Katy, Texas; daughters, Stacia (Daniel) Blair of Lincoln; Kelyn (Ken) Watson of Lincoln; grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; his brother Stanley Thomas and his sister Dorothy Flora, both of Watertown NY. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jacquelen, his brothers Harold, David and Joseph Thomas; sisters Florence Borras and Rosemary Hollenbeck and a grandson, Claren J. Thomas Jr.

A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday January 29, 2019 at Wyuka Funeral Home 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln; visitation: Monday January 28, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Wyuka Funeral Home. Memorials to the family.


  1. Jay, Stacia, Kelyn: So sorry to hear of C.J’s passing. He and I worked together for a lot of years. He was the kind of guy that would do anything for you if he could. A rarity these days. I will miss him, as well as a lot of people who knew him will. Now he can be with Jacquelen again forever.
    Peace and prayers to all of you and your families.
    Rest in peace C.J.
    Dave and Shirley Ward.
    1391 East Hughs St.
    Bolivar, Mo. 65613

    • Thank you so much. I never knew how many people he touched until he moved to Gramercy and after he passed away. We all loved him very much.

  2. I will always remember Clarence from when I started waiting tables at the Compass Roon when I was 15 till I last waited on him and his air guard friends at Perkins a few years ago he was always a great guy

  3. Jay,Stacia,Kelyn Aunt Dodie and family would like to share our deepest condolence. She loved his conversations and will always cherish their memories. We send our gratitude of his visits home. He was helpful. Love, Prayers and Peaceful thoughts to you all. Love Aunt Dodie and family

  4. I will miss seeing Clarence at LIMA. He was always so friendly and he loved talking about the love of his life. RIP and he will be dearly missed

  5. CJ was always a bright light at the Air Guard. I respected his opinion as he always seemed to know how to fix the planes or whatever was placed before him. It was an honor to call him a friend. He brighten my day many times. Heaven has received another angel!


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