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Derrick Howard Thomas

January 9, 1982 ~ April 14, 2021 (age 39)


Derrick Howard Thomas, age 39 of Moravia, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines.

Derrick was born on January 9, 1982 in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of Howard Thomas Jr. and Deborah Marlin.  He was united in marriage to Stevie Connelly, and to this union three children were born, Drake, Damian and Dante.  The couple later divorced.

Derrick worked for Excel in Ottumwa for many years.  Some time ago, he purchased a hearse, which he loved driving around.  He enjoyed playing video games, fishing and camping.  Derrick’s greatest joy in life were his children.  His face lit up every time he was with them.

Left to honor Derrick’s memory are his mother, Deborah (Richard) White of Moravia; his father, Howard Thomas Jr. (Melissa) of Albia; his children, Drake Thomas, Damian Thomas and Dante Thomas; siblings, Dana (Jeramy) Summers of Albia, Diana Marlin-McGregor of Centerville, Devan (Elizabeth) White of Ottumwa, Daniel White of Agency, Angie (Jim) Ford, Andy Thomas, and Sara Thomas of Albia; as well as multiple aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. 

Derrick was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, maternal grandparents, and a brother, Gerald Thomas.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Monday, April 19, 2021 at Lange Funeral Home in Moravia with Doctor Jesse Bronson officiating.  A visitation will take place Sunday, April 18, 2021 at Lange Funeral Home in Moravia, with the family greeting friends from 4-6 PM.  Burial will follow the funeral service in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Moravia.  Memorials have been established to Deborah White, to be determined at a later date, and they may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, C/O Thomas family, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544.  Condolences may be shared online at   

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April 18, 2021

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Lange Funeral Home & Crematory
103 N. John Street
Moravia, IA 52571

Funeral Service
April 19, 2021

10:30 AM
Lange Funeral Home & Crematory
103 N. John Street
Moravia, IA 52571

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