Dennis Tomas of New Braunfels, Texas passed away on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the age of 67. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Dennis was born on Feb. 5, 1951 in Gonzales, TX to Charlie Frank and Mary Martha Tomas and graduated from Gonzales High School in 1969.
Dennis served his country in the United States Army from 1971-1973 where he earned several distinctions as a marksman during the Vietnam War including a Bronze Star.
While home on leave following basic training, Dennis married his high school sweetheart, Jamie Boeck, on Dec. 11, 1971.
After his time in the Army, Dennis and Jamie settled in the Gonzales area with their eldest child, Nicci.
To support his young family, Dennis went to work with George Schomburg at Big Dutchman Poultry Supply of Gonzales installing equipment in chicken houses. Dennis and Jamie welcomed a son, Cory, in 1975.
In 1982, their third child, Kristin was born in New Braunfels where he worked in the cement industry for the next 20 plus years.
In 2004, Dennis started a new chapter when he met Kathy Buch Smith, with whom he would spend the rest of his life. Throughout his “retirement”, when Dennis wasn’t spending time at cookouts with Kathy and family, he worked harder than ever, teaching anyone that wanted to learn about hunting, farming and cattle.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Charlie Frank Jr. He is survived by his partner Kathy Buch Smith, one brother Bobby Tomas and his wife Josie, two sisters, Patti Lindemann, and her husband Mark, and Sandra Philips and her husband Brian, his three children, Nicci Heffington and her husband Brandon, Cory Tomas and his wife Christina, and Kristin Garza and her husband Nathan, and seven grandchildren, Cole, Brayden, Kolson, Rylan, Lauren, Tanner, and O’Banyon and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home on Friday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m.
Out of respect for Dennis’ love of animals and agriculture, the family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Comal County 4H Club. No graveside service will be held.