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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  wish  to  express our sincere condolences to
 4    the family and friends of Steve Thomas, who  passed  away  on
 5    November 3, 2001; and

 6        WHEREAS,  Steve  Thomas  coached  the  Arcola High School
 7    football team to three state championships and two  runner-up
 8    finishes; and

 9        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Thomas  was  born  on February 14, 1940 in
10    Urbana, Illinois to Kenneth and Mildred  Thomas;  he  married
11    Judith Rasmussen on June 21, 1958 in Urbana; and

12        WHEREAS,  Mr. Thomas graduated from Urbana High School in
13    1958, where he  was  an  all-state  running  back;  following
14    graduation,  he went on to play at the University of Illinois
15    and lettered his senior  year;  he  received  his  bachelor's
16    degree in 1962; and

17        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Thomas  started  his  teaching  career  in
18    physical  education  at Urbana Junior High School and coached
19    freshman football under Warren Smith for three  years  before
20    coming to Arcola in 1965; and

21        WHEREAS,  Mr. Thomas coached at Arcola from 1965 to 1994;
22    during his career at Arcola, he had  204  wins  and  just  88
23    losses  and two ties; he led the Purple Raiders to 21 winning
24    seasons,  14  playoff  seasons  and  12  undefeated   regular
25    seasons;  his  teams won the state championship in 1978, 1985
26    and 1988 and finished second in 1977 and 1991; and

27        WHEREAS, Mr. Thomas and his  assistant,  Byron  Bradford,
28    developed  a reputation for clean, well-coached, hard-hitting
29    teams that played as a unit; they were respected for  liberal
30    substitutions  and  not  unnecessarily  running  up scores on
31    inferior opponents; and
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 1        WHEREAS, In 1990, Mr. Thomas was one of very few football
 2    coaches to be inducted into  the  Illinois  Football  Coaches
 3    Hall of Fame while still an active coach; in addition, he was
 4    inducted  into  the  Urbana  Athletic Hall of Fame and he had
 5    been honored as Coach of the Year several  times  during  his
 6    career as a football coach; and

 7        WHEREAS,  In  1994,  Steve and Judith Thomas were honored
 8    along with Mr. and Mrs. Byron Bradford as grand  marshals  of
 9    the Arcola Broom Corn Festival; and

10        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Thomas  was  an  avid  outdoorsman and his
11    hobbies included archery, hunting,  fishing,  antiquing,  and
12    camping;  he  was  a  member of St. John the Baptist Catholic
13    Church in Arcola; and

14        WHEREAS, The passing of Steve Thomas will be deeply  felt
15    by  all  who knew and loved him, especially his wife, Judith;
16    his sons, Mike (wife, Jennifer) Thomas, Mark (wife,  Shelley)
17    Thomas,  Mitch  (wife,  Barb) Thomas, and Matthew Thomas; his
18    daughter, Lissa (husband, Scott) Oelkers; his  grandchildren,
19    Sarah,   Patrick,   Heather,   Meghann,  Matthew,  Elizabeth,
20    Katherine,  Martin,  Stacey,  Danielle,  Mackenzie,   Taylor,
21    Brittany,  Scott,  Stephen,  and  Jenna;  his father, Kenneth
22    Thomas; and his brother, Martin L. Thomas; therefore, be it

25    we  mourn,  along  with  all who knew him, the death of Steve
26    Thomas of Arcola, Illinois; and be it further

27        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
28    presented  to  the  family  of  Steve Thomas with our sincere
29    condolences.

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