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Robert W. Thomas Jr.

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Robert W. Thomas Jr. Obituary

Robert W. Thomas Jr.

June 7, 1921 ~ September 7, 2018

Robert (Bob) Thomas was born June 7, 1921 to Robert and Rose Thomas in Ray, Arizona - a small copper mining town. He attended Ray Grammar School, Thatcher School in Ojai, California for High School and then attended Pomona College in Claremont, California where he met his future bride Marion Rifenbark.

Bob was a member of a ROTC unit at Pomona and shortly after graduating in 1943, he was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia to attend Officer Training School. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and assigned to the 104th (Timberwolf) Infantry Division. Before shipping out overseas he and Marion wed in San Jose September 7, 1943.

During the war Bob was awarded the Bronze Star in 1944 for "Heroic Achievement" for his actions in Germany. He was also awarded the Silver Star Medal for "Gallantry in Action" in 1945 as a First Lieutenant.

After the war Bob went to work for the Standard Oil Company and continued with the company until his retirement. He and Marion raised 3 children, relocating numerous times with the company to Hawaii, throughout the west coast and the Northwest. He retired as the VP of Public Affairs in 1985. They settled in Seattle sharing time in Palm Desert.

Bob enjoyed golf and tennis and was an active member of Broadmoor Country Club and Seattle Tennis Club. He was also a member of the Rainier Club, the 101 Club and the Rotary.

Bob and Marion were active members of the Episcopal Church wherever they lived and shared their love of music by participating in the Church choirs.

Both lovers of art and culture Bob and Marion traveled and cruised around the world well into their 90's.

In his retirement Bob found a new love in the art of cross stitching creating many varying works of art for friends and family. His works have been published in a calendar as well as art displays. He found it an extremely rewarding outlet for him.

Bob will be remembered as a man who would spot a piano and sit down and delight an audience by playing boogie woogie. He was a true gentleman who lived his life fully.

He is survived by his wife Marion, his three children Bob, Linda and Nancy, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Services will be held at

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Medina Washington on September 24th at 2:00 pm.
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 16, 2018
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