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Obituary for Donald Hardy Thomas

Donald Hardy Thomas (89), passed away September 8th, at Baptist Hospital East. He was preceded in death by his mother, Veneta Thomas, and his brother, Robert L. Thomas. Don is survived by his wife Carolyn (Beckmann) Thomas of 63 years; his two children, Jeff Thomas (Jane), Denise Robinson (Ron); and his grandchildren, Zachary, Brent, and Caitlin Thomas; Cole, Grayson and Whitt Robinson, all of whom he loved dearly.

A lifelong Louisville resident, Don graduated from Ahrens Trade High School and also attended U of L. He then entered the Navy and proudly served for 4 years. Upon his return, Don worked for MSD for 28 years where he formed many dear friendships, before retiring as a Tel-Inspection Supervisor in 1988.

Don also started his own business, Thomas Nursery, because of his love for planting flowers and gardening. In his free time, he enjoyed spending time outdoors, taking fishing trips, and watching the birds. He had a unique talent for repairing most anything that was broken and took pride in his many wood working projects.

Don was a member of St. Matthews United Methodist Church. He was admired for his kindness, willingness to help others, his loyalty, and a determined spirit that served him well.

Visitation will be held Friday, September 15th, 2023, 3:00PM - 7:00PM at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd, 40205, with his funeral service on Saturday, September 16th, 10:00 AM, also at Highlands Funeral Home with burial to follow at Cave Hill Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Matthews United Methodist Church for beautification of the garden at