Joel R. Thomas, 74, died peacefully Sunday March 15, 2020 in the house where he was born with his loving wife by his side.
Born June 28, 1945, he was the son of the late Ellsworth and Josephine (Guss) Thomas.
Joel was a lifelong farmer. He loved his family farm and his Oliver tractors and his family. He never met a stranger or found something mechanical he couldn't improve upon or fix. Joel mentored and encouraged young farmers.
Surviving are his wife of almost 56 years Catherine M. (Barnhart) Thomas. Children, Richard E. & wife Tracy A. (Pine) Thomas, of Mercersburg, Robert J. & wife Jennifer L. (Burns) Thomas, of Williamson, PA, and Lisa E. Thomas-Harner & husband Kyle C. of Greenville, NC. Grandchildren, Tyler E. Thomas, Mercersburg, Danielle N. Thomas, Pittsburgh, PA, Adra T. Harner and Pierce W. Harner, Greenville, NC and Teirani M. Thomas, MI. Step grandchildren, Bianca and Robbie Jacobs of MI, and step great grandchildren, Kaden and Kali Jacobs and Jax Smith all of MI. Siblings, Grace Smith of Portland, ME, Patricia & husband Richard Goetz, Greencastle, PA, Anna & husband Richard Harding-Holdren of Corvallis, OR, and Jennie & husband Carl Stouffer of Chambersburg, PA. Joel was preceded in death by siblings Barbara L. Goetz and Gus Williamson.
Due to the coronavirus a memorial service will be held at a later time.