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William Richard Thomas — Rochester

ROCHESTER — William Richard Thomas, 69, of Phoenix, Ariz., a former architect in Rochester, died Nov. 7, 2006.

Mr. Thomas was born Jan. 1, 1937, in Crawford, Neb. He graduated from Crawford High School and Idaho State University in Pocatello. He married LaDonna Wasserburger in Crawford. He served as an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers, both in the U.S. and abroad, and was an architect with registration in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. He had his own architectural firm in Rapid City, S.D., for many years, and also worked for TSP of Rapid City and Rochester. After moving to Arizona, he worked for RHL Design Group in Phoenix. He was a member of the NCARB and the American Institute of Architects.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Christopher of Phoenix and Kelly (Heather) of Carson City, Nev.; a daughter, Lisa Denny of Cave Creek, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and a brother, James of Crawford.

Interment was Nov. 13 in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

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