HAYWARD, Wis. - Jacob "Jake" Thoma, 75 of Hayward Wis., formerly of Marquette, passed away April 16, 2013, at University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.
Jake was born May 6, 1937, to Louis and Julia (Bautch) Thoma. Jake served in the U.S. Air Force from June of 1954 until June of 1958, and with the Air Force Reserves until August of 1962. He retired from the Federal Aviation Administration in Marquette, Mich., in 1992.
Jake is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carol (Berlin) Thoma of Hayward Wis.; two sons Bruce Thoma of Wichita, Kan.; and Neal (Paula Bur) Thoma; three stepgrandchildren Ian and Chandler Bur and Raquel Bur Green, all of Marquette, Mich.
Jake was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Larry, Albert and Jerry Thoma.
At Jake's requests a celebration of life with full military rites conducted by the Carl Nelson American Legion Post 324 will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Augusta, WI. Family and friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to services. Burial will be at a later date in Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner. Following services at the funeral home on Saturday, there will be a luncheon at the American Legion Cabin in the Pines in Osseo WI.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to American Cancer Society Hope Lodge 2500 University Ave. SE., Minneapolis, MN 55414.