William E. ThomasZANESVILLE: William E. Thomas, 84, of Stovertown Drive, Zanesville, passed away peacefully at 2:35 AM Wednesday February 27, 2013. William, "Bill" was born on November 17, 1928, in Stovertown to the late Ernest and Margaret Deitrick Thomas. Bill graduated from Philo High School in 1947. He retired from Putnam Transfer and Storage in 1989 after driving truck for 42 years. Bill was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Stovertown. Bill will best be known for his antique cars, mostly the Ford Model T's. He and his late wife, Lucille were very active in local, state and national car club chapters and enjoyed Sunday afternoon rides with the local club. Bill loved taking friends and family on Model T rides on State Route 555. After retirement Bill and Lucille enjoyed traveling through the United States with their 1914 Model T Ford. He also enjoyed restoring antique cars. Bill was a charter member of the Ohio Brass Club, member of the Regional and Central Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America, Snappers Gas and Brass, Horseless Carriage Club, Model T Ford Club International, Veteran's Motor Car Club of America- Kentucky Region, and Central Nickel Age Touring Club. He was also involved with the Zane Grey Ole Auto Club. Bill is well known in the Zanesville community for his 17 years of service with the Zane's Trace Commemoration Parade, where he served as Chairman for several years. He served the Muskingum County area by volunteering on the Putnam Historical Society, Brush Creek Historical Society, and the local Farm Bureau. He was instrumental in the writing and publishing of the Swingle and Baughman Family histories. Bill instilled determination and dedication to his family, extended family, and friends. He will be forever remembered as Dad, Grandpa Bill, Paga Bill, Uncle Bill and Bill. He was active in his grandchildren's lives and enjoyed watching all their sporting events. Bill was an avid Philo Electrics sports fan. Determination allowed him to still attend a few football games at Philo this past fall. He captured life's events through his camera and inspired many with the importance of photos alongside his local history lessons. Surviving are five children, Dianna Wright and Bill Lance of Terre Haute Indiana, Bill and Vicky Thomas of Philo, Karen and Jeff Showers of Zanesvile, Margie and Tim Tysinger of Chandlersville, and Susan and Brian Miller of Philo; nine grandchildren, David and Jamie Thomas, Mary Beth and Jeremy Smith, Stacy and Denny Tompkins, Sara Showers and fiancee Rich Linhart, Amy and Scott Mann, Timmy and Sarah Tysinger, Katie and David Fuller, and Andrea and Cale Miller; eight great grandchildren: Luke and Mason Thomas, Parker, Warner, and Carter Smith, Reese Mann, Taylee Tysinger and Lillyanne Fuller. Bill is also survived by his siblings: Virginia Mattingly, Larry Thomas, Martha Stemm, and Shirley Smith. He is also survived by his two special antique car friends Jerry Imes and Dick Lovell . In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife Lucille who died January 9, 2007. Calling hours will be Friday March 1, 2013 from 2-8 PM at the Farus Funeral Home, 383 Main Street Duncan Falls, Ohio. Services will be Saturday March 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM, with calling hours one hour prior to the service at Stovertown St. John's Lutheran Church, State Route 555, with Pastor Albert Laese officiating. Burial will follow in Stovertown cemetery. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Cedar Hill Care Center and Dr. Jack Butterfield for all they did for the family over the past few weeks. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Johns Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 361, Philo, OH 43771.