Dr. Jacob Thomas, 80, of Topeka, Kansas passed away, Friday, September 29, 2017.
Jacob was born March 12, 1937 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to KM Thangammah and T. Thomas. He graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in London England and The University of Edinburgh with a Phd in Veterinary Science. In 1978 Jacob moved his family to Topeka Kansas to lay the groundwork to start his own small animal clinic.
By the early to mid 80’s Dr. Jacob Thomas had built a Ani-Med Pet Clinic, taking care of countless family pets. Many of his fellow colleagues often called Dr. Thomas for advice on their own patients, he was always quick to lend his knowledge. His sons worked in the clinic growing up, assisting him with exams and clinic paperwork. Jacob encouraged all his children to be diligent in school and wanted them to excel past his accomplishments. His decision to move his family to the US ultimately gave them all a better opportunity at achieving their goals.
On August 31, 1996 Jacob married Shirley Early of Topeka Kansas. They worked together in the clinic and enjoyed yearly trips to Las Vegas to attend a national veterinary conference. Jacob enjoyed good food, golf, and was a masterful story teller. In later years Jacob also loved spending time with his 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Jacob is survived by his three sons, Dr. Tom Thomas and his wife Ha of Springfield, MO, Detective Zach Thomas and his wife Susan of Lawerence, KS and Alex Thomas of Wichita, KS; his daughter Susan (Slaughter) and her husband Stephen of Kansas City, KS, his step daughters Gail (Early) and Duane Kitchens of Topeka Kansas, Debbie (Klingler) and Mike of Debary, Florida; 12 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and his wife Shirley Thomas. He is also survived by a large extended family of brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces overseas.
A funeral ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Mount Hope Cemetery, Funeral Chapel & Reception Center, 4700 SW 17th Street, Topeka. The family will greet friends during a visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery.
The family will host a reception immediately following the graveside services. Light refreshments will be served.
Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Care Hospice, or to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
Penwell-Gabel Southwest Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.
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