Colonel Kent D. Thomas, 71 of Springfield, passed away on March 15, 2024.

He served for 24 years as an officer in the United States Army and later and worked within the Missouri State University system for 18 years, serving as the Vice President for Administrative Services in Springfield, Chancellor for Missouri State University West Plains for five years, as an assistant to the system president in Springfield, and in International Programs for 18 years.

Colonel Thomas is survived his wife Barbara, his sister Kay Matthews and her husband Richard; and others.

The Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 PM on Friday, March 22, 2024, at Schweitzer Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Schweitzer Church, 2747 E Sunshine St, Springfield, MO 65804, Wounder Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516, or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E Ohio Street Suite 500 Chicago, IL 60611.