Kimberley Luessa Thomas


Kimberley Luessa Thomas

Sept. 7, 1958 -- March 2, 2018

Kimberley Luessa Thomas, 59, of Genoa died peacefully surrounded by her family, on Friday, March 2, 2018.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 6 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Columbus with Rev. Patrick Sparling officiating. The family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m. Monday at Gass Haney Funeral Home and visitation will continue from 10 a.m. through service time Tuesday at the church. There will be a family prayer service at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Military honors will be given by The American Legion Hartman Post 84 Honor Guard. Private family interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family.

Kim was born Sept. 7, 1958, in Slayton, Minn., to Delano and Charlotte (Heineman) Linke. At the age of 8 years, she was adopted by Albert and Loverna “Vernie” (Heineman) Gutz, of Shelby. She graduated from Shelby High School and entered the United States Army on Dec. 2, 1977, serving during peace time and was honorably discharged on Dec. 1, 1980. Kim was united in marriage to Matthew Thomas on May 1, 1982, in Columbus. The couple had three children; Zachary, Whitney and Jordan.

Kim was known for her friendly and outgoing personality. She enjoyed gardening, canning, treasure hunting and spending time with her family and friends. She was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Kim is survived by her husband, Matt Thomas of Genoa; son Zachary (special friend – Jenny Goodrich) Thomas of Columbus; daughter Whitney (special friend – Jordan Fuesser) of Portland, Ore.; son Jordan Thomas of Columbus; grandson Tyler Steiner of Omaha; father Albert Gutz of Columbus; biological father Delano Linke of Lafayette, Ore.; brother Gregory (Alice) Gutz of Fremont; brother Timothy (Dixie) Gutz of Columbus; sister Lori (Terry) Borchers of Columbus; brother Mark Gutz of North Platte; sister Rebecca (John) Rose of Newcastle, Wyo.; sister Rhonda (Bob) Larison of Enterprise, Ore.; brother Randy (Cindy) Linke of Banks, Ore.; brother Q. Todd (Bev) Heineman of Octavia and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kim was preceded in death by her mother, Vernie Gutz, and biological mother Charlotte (Heineman) Linke.

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