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Robert J. Thomas
Robert J. Thomas, 87, of Whitehall, passed away in his home on May 15, surrounded by family. He was the loving husband of Gloria E. (Nicholas) Thomas. Born in Walnutport, he was the son of the late John and Clara (Levan) Thomas. Robert served honorably in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a paratrooper. Stationed in the Pacific, he was with the 503rd Airborne Division when they made the jump on Corregidor. He was a member of the 503rd Parachute RCT Association, World War II. Robert was a layout operator for Western Electric for 30 years before retiring in 1981. He was the retired owner and operator of Lehigh Striping Company, Allentown, which he began in 1958. Robert was a life member of V.F.W. Post 7215, Walnutport, and a life member of the Pioneers. Robert loved sports and fishing. He loved his fishing trips to Canada with his son Richard, and loved spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors: Wife; children, Richard C., James R. and his wife, Jacqueline M., Cathy H. and her husband, Richard H. Jeanes, all of Allentown; grandchildren, Brad T. and his wife, Kathryn Jeanes, Keri A. and her husband, Dr. Steven Kachmar, Zachary R. Thomas, Tiffany L. Thomas, all of Allentown; great-grandchildren, Dylan and Emma Jeanes; brother, Norwood of Walnutport; sister, Marion Dingee in California. He was predeceased by brothers, Ralph and Gordon, and by a sister, Anna Parry. Services: In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements by Stephens Funeral Home Inc., Allentown. www.stephensfuneral.com. Contributions: In lieu of flowers to the .
Published in Morning Call on May 17, 2008
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