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Robert "Bob" E. Thomas, 85, of Jasonville, passed away at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in his residence. He was born July 20, 1932, in Coalmont, to Elmer "Abe" Thomas and Edna Lorene (Miller) Thomas.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Alberta (Shelp) Thomas of Jasonville, whom he married May 14, 1960; children, Robin Lynn Burris (Nick) of Jasonville and Jerry Wolfe of Ostrander, Minn.; grandchildren, Ashley Schmakel (Jeff), Tanner (Callie) Wolfe, Jason Burris, Matthew Burris and Ben Burris; two nieces; several cousins; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Demery Thomas; sister, Karlene Danko; daughter-in-law, Jeanie Wolfe; and son-in-law, Rick Herakovich.
Bob had been corporate safety director of Peabody, where he worked for 23 years. He previously was owner-operator of Thomas Food Center. He was a 1950 graduate of Jasonville High School. Bob was a member of the Lawton Street Christian Church, 50-year member of Jasonville Masonic Lodge 530 Free & Accepted Masons; Scottish Rite Valley of Terre Haute, Zorah Shrine Temple of Terre Haute, Odd Fellows Lodge of Riley, Jasonville American Legion Post 172, life member of Terre Haute Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 972. He was a Korean War veteran with the U.S. Army. He enjoyed working in his wood-shop and loved fishing and telling fish stories. Bob loved to work in his yard-spraying for weeds as well as mowing and trimming.
Arrangements are entrusted to Michael W. Cox, Cox Funeral Home, 218 South Meridian St., Jasonville. Visitation is scheduled from 4 until 8 p.m. Saturday with Masonic services at 7 p.m. at the funeral home, and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services are 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at Cox Funeral Home, with Pastor Mark Messmer officiating. Interment will be at Walker Cemetery, Linton, with military graveside rites.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Robert to Lawton Street Christian Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Published on February 1, 2018
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