Jack E. Thomas, 94
 

Jack E. Thomas, 94, of Mequon, passed away Oct. 27, 2012.

Jack was born and raised in Milwaukee, the son of Bessie and George Thomas. He was the devoted and loving husband of Lorraine (Siekert); dear father of Bob (Sharon) and Jackie (Bill) Niehaus; proud grandfather of Jonathan (Meseret) Niehaus and Emily (Scott) Metcalfe; and loving great-grandfather of Elise Olive Metcalfe. Jack is further survived by brother-in-law, Dr. Robert (Mary Jane) Siekert; nephews Robert Jr. (Linda), Fred (Glenna) and John Siekert. Nephews Gary and Greg (Rebecca) Sagemiller also survive him.

His sister, Jayne, and her husband, Fred Sagemiller, predeceased him.

Jack received his Bachelorís and Masterís degrees in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He and Lorraine were married in December 1941. Soon after, he attended Harvard University in preparation to be a naval supply officer in World War II. He spent four years in the supply corps working with early computers. At the end of the war, he served in the Naval Reserves. In 1951, he was called to active duty for two years during the Korean War. He eventually retired as commander from the reserves.

Jack started his civilian career with Arthur Anderson Accounting. He retired as comptroller of the Falk Corp. after many years. In addition, he served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee for 23 years, teaching adult evening classes in accounting.

He maintained real estate broker and insurance licenses. Gov. Warren Knowles appointed Jack to serve on the Wisconsin Accounting Examining Board from 1965 to 1978. He was a member of the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs, the Institute of Management Accountants, the National Association of Accountants and Beta Alpha Psi accounting fraternity.

He served as a trustee on the Menomonee Falls Village Board. Jack and his family lived in Key West, Fla., Long Beach, Calif., and Milwaukee. In 1949, they moved to a home on 40 acres in the countryside of Menomonee Falls where they remained for a memorable 46 years.

Jack thrived on the challenges of living in the country. He enjoyed playing sheepshead, listening to music, attending the theater and spending time with his family. He maintained a life-long relationship with his Boy Scout troop. Boating on Wisconsin lakes was a favorite outing. He appreciated vacations with his children and grandchildren here and abroad. Jack is remembered as a friendly man with a sense of humor and love of dark chocolate.

The family is grateful to Dr. Scott Jorgensen for his kind care; to Gentiva Hospice for their vigilance; to the many caregivers at Newcastle Place; to Carrie and Ken for their faithful companionship; and to Domenica and Ron for their many thoughtful deeds.

Jackís body was donated to the Medical College of Wisconsin for medical education and scientific research. A private family memorial service was held.

If desired, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, P.O. Box 1950, Clarksburg, MD 20871-1950.

Memories of Jack will always remain in the hearts of his beloved family and dear friends