Dr. Merlin F. "Doc" Thomas, 85, of Lexington, Nebraska, formerly of Holdrege, Nebraska and California

Dr. Merlin F. "Doc" Thomas, 85 years of age, of Lexington, Nebraska, (formerly of Holdrege, Nebraska and California) passed away on Monday, May 21, 2012 at the Lexington Regional Health Center in Lexington after a period of declining health. Memorial services are being planned for June 2012 and will be published at a later date.

Dr. Thomas was born April 24, 1927 in Orleans, Nebraska, the youngest of two sons of Lewis and Naomi (Whitehead) Thomas.

He is survived by his brother, Howard Thomas of Salt Lake City, Utah; son, Dr. Larry L. Thomas of Loma Linda, California; daughter, Renee Barlow and her husband, Greg of Atwater, California; granddaughter, Britni Barlow of Atwater.

There will be no visitation. The family is honoring his wish for cremation.

Those wishing to make donations in memory of Dr. Thomas may do so to Tropical Health Alliance Foundation, P.O. Box 1270, Loma Linda, California 92354. All funds will be used to provide medical care for those living in impoverished rural areas in Ethiopia.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements

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