Thad’s life began on May 18, 1930 in Kansas City, MO. He is the son William and Della McDonald. He was adopted by Willie and Anna Huggins from El Dorado, KS in 1943. Thad is a 1948 graduate of El Dorado High School. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. Thad was united in marriage to Maudie O’Neal on June 19, 1957 in Wichita. He worked for Farm ‘N’ Home and Lasting’s Furniture in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Thad went to work for the Skelly Refinery in 1967, later Getty and retired from Texaco in 1995 after 28 years of service. He enjoyed watching sports, westerns and reality television. Thad enjoyed cooking, especially Sunday dinner for his family. He enjoyed babysitting his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Thad loved to bowl and was a member of the American Legion Post 81. He leaves behind his wife of 61 years Maudie Huggins of El Dorado, son Kendall (Kim) Huggins of Wichita, and daughter Kendra (Mark) Maurer of Wichita, sister Arlene Jones of Kansas City, MO, his beloved grandkids, and great grandkids, and nieces and nephews. Thad passed away on Saturday August 11, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. His parents, adopted parents, stepmother Myrtle Huggins, brothers Carl and William McDonald, sisters Ada, Evalena, Melva and Cora, and daughter Sondra Liggins precede him in death. The family will gather with friends on Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the Carlson Colonial Funeral Home where his Homegoing will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. led by Pastor Clarence Walker. Thad will be laid to rest in Sunset Lawns Cemetery with full military honors. Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Diabetes Association. Please sign Thad’s online guestbook and leave a memory at www.carlsoncolonial.com.
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