Robert "Bob" Thomas(1924 - 2014)

Robert "Bob" Thomas, 90

Robert "Bob" Thomas, 90, of Mountain Home passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Mountain Home after a brief illness.

He was born February 21, 1924, in Greenfield, Indiana. Bob came to Arkansas after retiring from the Air Force in 1970 as a LT Colonel, serving our country for over twenty four years. He lived in Mountain Home for thirty four years, having left the Clarkridge area, having lived there for eight years. Bob was a 1942 graduate of Anderson High School in Anderson, Indiana. He went on from there as many of our young men did at that time and joined the Army Air Corp. Bob served as a glider pilot in the last glider mission of the war, landing on German soil. He went on to take part in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, ending a long career as an Officer in the Air Force flying many types of aircraft, from Gliders to Fighter Jets. His love for flying, along with his career in the military has taken him all over the world. Bob continued to fly right up until the end, leaving behind his "baby".

Bob also left behind the many friends he made while living here in Mountain Home. He was a long standing member of the VFW and the Gun Club, and even joined the local chapter Motor cycle club for a few years when he was well into his eighties.

Bob married twice, the first to Joyce Smith of Anderson, Indiana in 1948. Together they had four children, Maryann (1949) now deceased, Jeffrey (1953), Michael (1955) now deceased, and Steven (1957). Bob remarried in 1980 to Sue Davenport who passed away in 2000, here in Mountain Home.

He is survived by his first wife, Joyce (Smith) Peterson; Jeffrey (Wanda) Thomas, Steve (Wendy) Thomas, Paula Hardin, Kathy Goff, Debbie Davenport; nine grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Marie (Swain) Thomas.

Arrangements are private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.

The online guest book and obituary are available at


Funeral Home

Conner-Hankins Funeral Home
2833 Highway 62 West Mountain Home, AR 72653

Published in Baxter Bulletin on May 31, 2014