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Robert Thomas

Robert Lee Thomas Sr.

Sunday, July 3rd, 1938 - Saturday, June 1st, 2019
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Obituary

Robert Lee Thomas, Sr., 80, of Allegan, MI passed away Saturday, June 1, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family. Born July 3, 1938 in Allegan, he was the son of the late Earl and Leva (Frederick) Thomas and was the husband of Christine (Markoski) Thomas. Mr. Thomas joined the United States Marine Corps in 1955. He was honorably discharged in 1961 as a Lance Corporal. Mr. Thomas had worked for various companies and in many capacities including at Brunswick, TruHeat, ElectroHeat, Rockwell, Thomas Associates and Haworth. His greatest joy, however, came from his work as Chaplain at the Allegan County Jail where he was often lovingly referred to as “Chap”. Mr. Thomas was a member of Monterey Center United Methodist Church where he had served as President of the Advisory Board and was instrumental in beginning the adult Sunday school class which he oversaw for twenty-seven years. He had also served as President of the Allegan JayCees. In his spare time, Mr. Thomas enjoyed spending time on his computer.

In addition to his wife, Christine, of twenty-five years, he is survived by his children, Robert Lee (Christina) Thomas, Jr., Brenda (Curtis) Andrews, Michelle Thomas (Donna), Brad (Monique) Brenner and Brenda Brenner (Talia Capelj); siblings, James (Phyllis) Thomas, Earleen (John) Barber and Lyle (Mona) Thomas; grandchildren, Jack Lautenschleger, Amber VanHouten, Sarah Lautenschleger, Shay Thomas, Kaden Thomas, Elise Mack, Rebecca Mack, Jenna Brenner, Taylor Brenner and Brittany Coburn; great-grandchildren, Zack, Emma, Lexie, Logan, Mason, Ethan, Ariana-Janaea, Kenna, Voltar, Shay, Jr, Mila and Rylee; and many nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Caryal (Gains) Thomas; son, Jimmy Thomas; his brother, Charles William Thomas.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel. A funeral service will take place Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with visitation for one-hour prior. Burial will follow in Poplar Hill Cemetery with military honors by the United States Marine Corps and the Otsego VFW Post 3030. Memorial donations may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice, 530 Linn Street, Allegan, MI 49010.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel
    Address
    528 Trowbridge Street
    Allegan, Michigan 49010
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorial donations may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice, 530 Linn Street, Allegan, MI 49010.
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, June 6th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, June 6th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel
    Address
    528 Trowbridge Street
    Allegan, Michigan 49010
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorial donations may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice, 530 Linn Street, Allegan, MI 49010.
  • Service

    Thursday, June 6th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, June 6th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel
    Address
    528 Trowbridge Street
    Allegan, Michigan 49010
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorial donations may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice, 530 Linn Street, Allegan, MI 49010.
    Officiant
    Pastor Greg Carlson
    Co-Celebrant
    Pastor David Johnson
  • Interment

    Thursday, June 6th, 2019 |
    When
    Thursday, June 6th, 2019
    Location
    Poplar Hill Cemetery
    Address
    30th Street/A37
    Monterey Township, MI 49010
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Posted at 10:18pm
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Alan Davis

Posted at 03:01pm
I met Bob at the Allegan Jail when he became head Chaplain and I worked under him. He truly had a heart for the spiritual well being of the inmates. He was a really good listener and had a wonderful dry sense of humor. He would come early in the morning around 7 am to join the inmates in the secured area outside, to breath fresh air with them. Many times he would stay late, usual end of day was 4 or 5 pm, he would stay beyond that to talk. He was a good reference for me in spiritual matters and in personal matters, as both of us had experienced our first wives' death. My sincere condolences to his family. May God's peace that passes understanding be yours as you contemplate his faith in his forever Savior. Alan Davis
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Clayton & Kristen Schauss and Sarah Querback

Posted at 01:59pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Shel,Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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Tony Shumaker

Posted at 10:00am
Rest well Bob, you have earned it. You were a good and faithful servant.
Really enjoyed seeing the work you did in your jail ministry. May the "God pod" rejoice in your labor!
Tony Shumaker
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