David Mickey Thomas, son of David Richard Thomas and Helen Gould Thomas, was born in Iowa City, Iowa in 1929 and died July 13, 2022 at his home in Osceola. He was 93 years old.
Mickey graduated from City High in Iowa City in 1947 and the University of Iowa in 1951. He pursued graduate studies in marketing and gained retail experience at Wilson’s Sporting Goods in Iowa City. He served in the Iowa National Guard. In 1951 he married Betty Williams of Norfolk, Nebraska.
The family moved to Osceola in 1955, where he took a job at Robinson’s Department Store, a general merchandise store serving south-central Iowa located in the town square. Mickey earned his way to become general manager of the store and eventually co-owner. He worked at the store for over 62 years. He retired in 2017 when the business was sold.
During his long and active life, Mickey was an avid mountain climber, hiker, tennis player, and enjoyed skiing every year in Winter Park, Colorado. He helped establish Osceola’s tennis program and promoted the creation of Grade Lake Park and The Thomas Trail. Among his hobbies he called square dances, which he learned in college. He called every week for decades throughout central Iowa.
Mickey served on the Osceola City Council, Chamber of Commerce, and was an active member of the Lions Club, receiving numerous civic and community service awards, including the Osceola Community Service Award. He served on the board of Clarke County State Bank for 21 years. Mickey spent many years playing doubles tennis at the Aspen Athletic Club (renamed Genesis Health Club) and taking tennis and Pilates lessons at Lifetime Fitness. He participated in the Hawkeye Tennis Open and was a finalist in his age group in 2003 and 2004. He raised funds for the annual 4th of July celebration for decades and was one of the first commissioners of fee parade. In 2011, Mickey was named State Fair’s “Iowan of the Day.”
Mickey was a member of the Iowa Mountaineers and climbed the mountains of Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, the Canadian Rockies and the European Alps, including Mont Blanc at the age of 70. “Mickey’s Spire” peak in Idaho’s Sawtooth Range was one of the earliest ascents. He was also a world traveler, enjoying several trips with his family to Germany, Portugal, Serbia, Scotland and Peru.
Mickey was a guest columnist for the Osceola Sentinel-Tribune newspaper for ten years, which chronicled interesting experiences and stories from the community. He later compiled his editorials into the popular three-volume “Tales of the Aisles” book series.
He was pursued in death by his parents, David and Helen Thomas, his sister Betty Page and his wife Betty Williams Thomas. Mickey is survived by his three daughters, Becky Martin and her husband Dwight Martin of Tilghman, MD, Sue Moulton and her husband Greg Moulton of Vienna, VA, and Judy Thomas of Newburgh, NY; three grandchildren, Mathew Moulton of Philadelphia, PA, Ashley Moulton of Richmond, VA, and Caleb Martin of Vienna, VA.
Services were held at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.
The family welcomed friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at Kale Funeral Home.
A live stream of the service will be available at www.kalefuneralhome.com on Mickey’s Tribute Wall beginning at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Thomas Youth Tennis Fund % South Central Iowa Community Foundation – 108 N. Grand, Chariton, IA 50049
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.kalefuneralhome.com