Marland G. Thomas, age 71, of Kearney, died Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Mt. Carmel Home in Kearney. Memorial services were held Wednesday, November 7, at the O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney. Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project. Condolences may be shared online at www. osrfh.com. Services areentrusted to O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral and Cremation Services. Marland was born November 7, 1946, in Kearney, to Belva and Ila Marie (Maurer) Thomas. He grew up in Gibbon and received his education at Gibbon High School, graduating in 1964. He then attended Automotive School in Colorado. In 1966, Marland enlisted in the United States Army. Marland was united in marriage to Diana Whaley on November 18, 1967, in Kearney. He served in Vietnam from October of 1968 until he was honorably discharged in October of 1969. Marland was a longtime employee of Eaton Corporation, retiring in 2006 after 37 years of employment. Marland was a lifetime member of the VFW, a member of the American Legion and the NRA. He enjoyed hunting, farming, tractors and collecting belt buckles. Marland loved raising donkeys, mules and horses, but most of all, he cherished time spent with his grandchildren. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Diana Thomas, of Kearney; daughter, Nicole Deters and husband, Brad, of Laurie, Missouri; son, Jeff Thomas, of Lincoln; grandchildren, Austin Deters and wife Jennie, Hunter Deters, Cooper Deters, Skylar Deters, and Alyssa Thomas; sisters, Bonnie Schurer, of Wood River, Sharon Neal, and husband Larry, of North Platte, and Cheryl Wortman and husband, Terry, of Sapulpa, Oklahoma; brother, Garry Thomas and wife Beverly, of Wood River; as well as, several nieces, nephews and extended relatives. Marland was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jack Thomas and Maynard Thomas; and his father-in-law and motherin- law, Hobe and Darlene Whaley.