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William F. Thoms Jr., 80, of Indianapolis, passed away on Oct. 28, 2017. Bill graduated from Schulte High School in Terre Haute, Indiana; Indiana State Teachers College; and Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis Division.
He was a practicing attorney for over 50 years. Bill was the first law student bailiff in Marion County Municipal Court #1, a Marion County Probate Court commissioner, pioneer in the public defender system, trying many pro bono cases.
He was a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association and was on the board of managers in the 1970s.
He was a candidate for Marion County Circuit Court Judge in 1990. Bill was a member of the Indianapolis Law Club. He was an enthusiastic volunteer at the Indianapolis Children's Museum.
Bill was an avid fisherman, fishing all over North America and the Caribbean. He was a voracious reader of history and mysteries. Gen. George Custer and Sherlock Holmes were two of his favorites. Some of his best times were spent on the Civil War Battlefields including Little Round Top at Gettysburg, and walking across Burnsides Bridge at Antietam.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Thoms; sons, Joseph F. and Christopher (Maribah) M. Thoms; grandchildren, William Thoms and Harper Rhimes; sisters, Carol Lindley, Kathy Payne, Marilyn Wheeler, Patty Thoms and Janet Cleveland; and brother, Jim. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Bill was interred at Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Indianapolis Children's Museum.
Published on November 8, 2017
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