Ridgway B. Thomas Jr., 87, Brookings, died June 17, 2001, in Brookings.

He was born April 13, 1914, in San Francisco, Calif., to Ridgway B. and Lulu Thomas.

He grew up in Oakland, Calif.

Mr. Thomas served in the U.S. Army from 1940-1974, retiring as a colonel.

He moved to Brookings from Ohio Nov. 1, 2000.

Survivors are brother, Russell Thomas of Brookings; nieces, Susan Thomas of Bend; Kathy Stephens of Crescent City; nephews, Fred Thomas of Aspen, Colo.; Michael Thomas of Long Island, N.Y.

Preceding him in death was his brother Charles Thomas.