Walking On - Frankie Allen Thomas

08.18.2015 Dean Rhodes Walking On

Frankie Allen Thomas

March 12, 1939 – Aug. 14, 2015

Tribal Elder Frankie Allen Thomas, 76, a longtime resident of the Harbor, walked on on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at his home in Aberdeen, Wash.

Mr. Thomas was born on March 12, 1939, in Moclips, Wash., to Frank and Matilda (Cunningham) Thomas.

He had worked as a shake sawyer and had owned a mill, Ace Shake, in Humptulips. He had previously lived in Raymond where, in addition to working in the mills, he had worked as a mechanic.

Mr. Thomas loved watching his boys work in the woods, salmon fishing and camping. He enjoyed spending time at the beach, with one of his last requests being a trip to the beach three days before his death.

Surviving family members include his former wife with whom he remained close, Shirley McKinney of Aberdeen; children, Don Thomas and Dale Thomas of Aberdeen, Allen Thomas of Kelso, Wash., Theresa Thomas of Hoquiam, Wash., and Glen Thomas of Rainier, Wash.; two sisters, Mary Emerson and Lana Takhar; brother, Lanny “Butch” Thomas; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A granddaughter, Angel Thomas, and two sisters, Eileen Fletcher and Delcie Totten, preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at South Aberdeen Baptist Church, 620 Fordney St., Aberdeen.

Cremation arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary of Hoquiam. Record your thoughts for the family by signing the online register at