Kurt Thomas, 96, passed away peacefully in the family home. He was predeceased by his parents, Fritz and Martha. They emigrated in 1929 from Germany. He is survived by his wife of 77 years, Katherine (Christianson), and their 5 children William (Linda), Carol, Barbara (Daniel), Julie (Kevin), and James (Roseann), 14 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. He is survived by one sister, numerous in-laws, cousins, nephews, and nieces. A veteran of WWII, he stormed the beaches of Normandy during the D-Day invasion. He received a silver star and a bronze star for his heroic actions during combat in Europe. As a lifelong resident of East Longmeadow, he worked as a millwright at Package Machinery. A devoted family man, he and his wife provided a healthy, educational environment for his children and grandchildren. He was a talented builder, creator, handyman, and all around jack of all trades. He cultivated a sense of wonder and imagination in his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Family always came first. The extended Thomas family wants to give special thanks to the Baystate Hospice Team who made his final days comfortable and stress free. Visitation will be at Forastiere Smith Funeral Home in East Longmeadow on Saturday October 10, 2020, from 2pm to 4pm, followed by a family memorial service at 4pm. COVID19 protocol, masks and social distancing shall be followed. No internment or other services or activities will take place at this time. In lieu of flowers, please give to the charity of your choice. Please visit www.forastiere.com to leave a message of personal condolence or for more information.