William Thomas died July 26, 2003, at the age of 84.
Born on the family farm near Bowling Green on Jan. 30, 1919, he was the son of Herbert and Beatrice Dressler Thomas.
He graduated from Bowling Green High School and received an engineering degree from Rose Hulman. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II, spending 42 months in a Japanese POW camp before being rescued at the end of the war.
He was chief design engineer at Allison in Indianapolis for 35 years before retiring in 1982.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lillian Rose Swearingen Thomas and is survived by his wife, Laura; his daughters Candace Hess, Dr. Debra Thomas-Weible and Lise Brown; two stepdaughters; seven grandchildren; his stepmother, Mary Thomas, and two brothers, Seibert and Dr. Clayton Thomas.
Funeral arrangements have been made by Matthews Funeral Home, Brownsburg. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. and services on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Bowling Green at 1 p.m.