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David "Surrell" Thomas

May 3, 1925 — June 6, 2022

New London

David “Surrell” Thomas, 97, of New London, died Monday, June 6, 2022, at the Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House in West Burlington with his daughter and son-in-law by his side.

Dave was born May 3, 1925, near Sperry, the son of Leroy and Letha (Vandermark) Thomas. He was a true patriot and proudly served his country during World War II and Korea. Following his service, Dave worked at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant for 35 years. He also farmed near Lockridge during many of those years. Dave was a member of the former Congregationalist – Universalist Church of Mount Pleasant, New London V.F.W. #7641, DAR Lifetime Member, and a past member of the Masonic Lodge. He assisted with the organization of the Henry County Veteran’s Memorial. Dave enjoyed western movies, and spending time with his horses. He was an avid Cubs fan and loved to watch Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball.

Dave is survived by two children, Diane (Mike) Nye of New London, Dennis (Peggy) Thomas of Arlington, Texas; wife Marjorie of Arlington, Texas; two grandchildren Marjorie Ann and Matthew both of San Antonio, Texas; six great grandchildren; and two sister, Evelyn and Mary Alice.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers Charles, Donald, Jack, Marvin, and Larry; and two sisters Genevieve and Verla.

Graveside service will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, June 11, 2022, at the Burge Cemetery, in New London, friends and family are welcome to attend. Military Rites will be conducted by the Henry County Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for the New London Fire and Rescue and can be mailed to Diane Nye, 503 N Poplar St, New London, Iowa, 52645. The Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel is caring for David and his family.

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