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Eric Thuma

Died: Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Age: 69
Eric Thuma, 69, of Imlay City, passed away after an extended illness Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at his home.

Eric Doane Thuma was born April 27, 1939 in Ann Arbor. He was the son of Burton D. and Esther Thuma.

Eric grew up in Ann Arbor. He graduated from Cornwall Academy in Massachusetts. He earned his Bachelors Degree from Michigan State University.

He was married to Marion Agnes Chihan on August 27, 1966 in Dearborn.

Eric earned a Masters Degree in Political Science from Western Michigan University and a Masters Degree in Mass Communications from the University of Michigan. He was a professor of Political Science and Mass Communications at Oakland Community College for 27 years. While there, he hosted a Public Service Broadcast interviewing many celebrities.

When he retired in 1982, Eric and Marion moved from Southfield to the Imlay City area. In retirement, he took a job as an adjunct professor at Baker College in Flint, where he worked another 10 years.

Mr. Thuma was a member of and Past-President of the Imlay City School Board and a Past-President of the Imlay City Rotary Club.

Surviving are his wife, Marion Thuma of Imlay City; sons, Christopher (Kristina) Thuma of Alexandria, VA and Eric D. “Ric’’ (Mary) Thuma, Jr. of Grosse Pointe; one sister, Ann LeVeque of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; and two grandchildren, Megan Thuma and Tommy Thuma. He is preceded in death by his parents, Burton D. and Esther Thuma; and by a brother-in-law, Bill LeVeque.

Memorial services were held Saturday, March 28 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Imlay City. The Reverend Kevin Harbin, pastor of the Imlay City United Methodist Church officiated.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Imlay City Rotary Club or Imlay City Community Schools.
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