A Zanesville native, Thomas graduated from Zanesville High School in 1958 holding the office of Class President both his Junior and Senior years. Attending Bowling Green State University, Thomas graduated with a BA in Business Administration in 1962. He was an active member in Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honorary Fraternity. Upon graduation, Thomas was commissioned to 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army in Military Police Corp with the 709th MP Battalion, Frankfort, Germany until June of 1964 when he returned to the family business. Thomas is currently active as a member of The Zanesville Rotary Club in which he served as past President, Genesis Healthcare System Board, Alterna Care Board, The Shinnick Foundation Board, BPO Elks, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Thomas also served as past Chairman of Bethesda Care System.