Kenneth John “KJ” Thomas was born Oct. 23, 1952, in DeWitt, to Ken and Gerry Diedrich Thomas. He attended school in DeWitt and served in the U.S. Navy. He was married briefly to Mickie Veach. KJ was a long-distance truck driver for over 30 years. He also worked as a mechanic and handyman.
KJ loved and lived on the Mississippi River. He had many passions, including Harleys, dogs, boats, friends and helping people. He had a vast collection of model cars, boats, trains, motorcycles and John Deere tractors that he proudly displayed and enjoyed. KJ always put his family first and took excellent care of his sisters.
He is survived by four sisters, Mary Kay Hackney, of Camanche, Jeanne Eble, of Blue Grass, Teresa Miller, of Prescott, Arizona, and Cathy (Randy) Harl, of Bettendorf; two nephews, Jeremy (Amy) Eble and their children, Ariana and Dietrich of Cedar Rapids, and Mitch Payne of Davenport; and many extended family members and friends.
Per his wishes, there will be no formal services. A memorial motorcycle ride will be announced in the spring of 2020.
Memorials can be made to the family.
Arrangements are in the care of Schultz Funeral Home in DeWitt.
Condolences may be expressed, and a photo tribute viewed at schultzfuneralhomes.com.