Jack Thomas, age 82, a lifelong resident of Eagle River, Wis., passed away on Tuesday June 4, 2019, at his home.

He was born Sept. 17, 1936, in Rhinelander, Wis., to his parents, Rollie and Dora (Hanke) Thomas.

Jack graduated from Eagle River High School in 1954. After high school he attended Michigan Tech for Engineering.

Jack left Tech and joined the U.S. Air Force, where he was in the first class in Colorado Springs from 1955-1958.

He married Beverly Morrison on March 10, 1958.

He played hockey for the Eagle River Northernaires and went on to coach many youth teams.

Jack entered into the workforce driving truck for Richter Ready Mix. He then owned and operated Rudy’s Service Station for 15 years.  Jack then went on to manage operations at Richter Ready Mix until his retirement.

Jack was proudly on the Eagle River Area Fire Department for 61 years and served as Fire Chief for 18 of them.  Around 1980, Jack took over designing the famous ice castle in Eagle River from his family. His artistic designs have awed people all over the country. 

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly; parents, Rollie and Dora; siblings, Mary Jo Finucan and Rollie “Curly” Thomas; nephew, Dwayne Thomas.

He is survived by his daughter, Vickie (Tom) Pollack; granddaughter, Jessica Pollack (Ben Evensen); brother, Tom (Jane) Thomas of Brownsville, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family, who will be making a donation to the National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation.

Arrangements by Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River. Online condolences may be expressed at gaffney-busha.com.