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Robert “Bob” L. Thomas

April 21, 2014

Robert “Bob” L. Thomas passed away in his sleep, Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Bingham Memorial Skilled Nursing center from complications due to Parkinson’s disease.
He was born October 6, 1949, the second of 11 children, born to Eugene and Bertha Thomas in Blackfoot, Idaho. All of his schooling was done in the Blackfoot School District.
In his youth he liked to go camping. Once in Wolverine canyon, he and his brother were lighting off cherry bombs, when Bob stepped on one and just about blew his foot off.
He talked often of his fondness of his calf that he raised. His favorite thing to do was to get the calf to lie down and then he would sit next to it and lean against it and look up at the sky to daydream.
He loved motorcycles and his mother’s hot macaroni. Bob liked to cook himself. He claims his brothers and sisters loved his goulash with his secret ingredient, Miracle Whip. His best recipe was his fried potatoes with mushroom soup and green beans and onions. Cheese was sometimes added as a topping.
Bob was a hard worker. He provided for his various families to the best of his abilities. Bob had a hard time with the women in his life and was married unsuccessfully four times before he met the love of his life, Ruby. They were married March 30, 2002 and they adored each other equally.
Bob loved to fly. He would hang out at the airport often. He became friends with Don Novas. Don taught him to fly and he was able to get his pilot’s license, of which he was very proud. Bob had several pets in his past, but loved his Buffy, a pom/shitzu cross.
Bob was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Wilson Thomas; brothers, Gene and Roger; and sisters, Patti and Mary.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby of Blackfoot; sons, Rob (Bobbie) of Malaga, Washington and Christopher of Blackfoot; his mother, Bertha of Blackfoot; brothers, Jim (Charity) of Boise, Thom (Trina) of Mt. Home, Mike of Pocatello and Dennis (Anna) of Blackfoot; sisters, Liz (Dean) Neilson of Idaho Falls and Teresa (Tom) McDevitt of Pocatello.
He lived in Boise, Burley, Rupert and Salt Lake City, UT; but always returned to Blackfoot, Blackfoot was his home.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Grove City Cemetery.  Family will meet with friends and family from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 and for one hour prior to services on Wednesday at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot.  Condolences may be sent to the family at condolences@hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Lunch will be provided for family and friends at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building on Riverton Road.

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