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James W. "Jim" Thomas

March 26, 1923 - May 10, 2019

Thomas, James W. “Jim”, 96, of Wheeling, passed peacefully Friday May 10, 2019  after a short stay at Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Wheeling.

He was born March 26, 1923 in Wheeling, the son of the late Walter and Martha Ruggaber Thomas.

Jim was a retired 30 year sales professional for R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; an active member of Wheeling Elks Lodge #28 where he was a Treasurer, Inner Guard and Elk of the Year; a member of the former St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and a member of  St. Michael Parish; a U S Navy veteran of WWII where he was a Gun Commander in the Navy Armed Guard for the Merchant Marines in the Pacific and North Atlantic.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Vivian “Viv” Gruse Thomas and a son David Thomas.

Surviving are three children Jeffrey Thomas (Mary Jane) of Mount Juliet, TN., Thomas M. Thomas (Brenda) of Wheeling and Michelle Nelson (Gary) of Boynton Beach, FL.; a daughter-in-law Vicki Thomas of Hermitage, PA., seven grandchildren, Chris, Scott, Carrie, Amanda, Johnna, Kelsie and Thomie ; ten great grandchildren, Chris, Brandt, Sawyer, Aria, Aryton, Noah, Chloe, Coleton, Bentley and Cooper.

Family and friends will be received on Monday May 13, 2019 from 6-8 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger Street, Elm Grove , Wheeling. Services will be held on Tuesday May 14, 2019 at 11 am in Mt. Calvary Bishop Chapel, Wheeling.  Military Honors will be conducted at 12 pm by Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard. Entombment to follow in Mt. Calvary Mausoleum.

Wheeling Elks Lodge #28 will conduct services Monday evening at 8 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rehab 23, c/o Robert Pergler, 115 March Place, Mt Juliet, TN., 37122 or Oglebay Institute, 1330 National Road, Wheeling WV., 26003.


Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, May 13, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel

154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Time: 11:00 am


Mount Calvary Cemetery Bishop's Chapel

1685 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003

Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum

1685 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003

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