Robert L. Thomas, Sr. Obituary

Robert L.   Thomas, Sr.
Bob Thomas
Robert L. Thomas, Sr.

December 8, 1923 - October 12, 2021
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Clive, IA
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Robert Louis Thomas, Sr. 97, passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at home. Cremation rites have been accorded and inurnment will be held at Iowa Veterans Cemetery, near Van Meter at a later date.

Bob was born December 8, 1923, in Des Moines, to James and Grace (Hewitt) Thomas. He married Jean Lawson on February 10, 1946, in La Jolla, CA. Bob was an Officer for the Iowa Army National Guard for over 40 years, retiring as a Colonel. He enjoyed organizing Beaverdale neighborhood parties and then volunteering for the Johnston Historical Society and Westminster Presbyterian Church where he was a deacon for several years.

Bob is survived by his children, Robert L. "Robin" (Kathryn) Thomas Jr. of Burlington, IA, William E. "Bill" (Barbara) Thomas of Mishawaka, IN; and Margi (Dennis C. Cook) Cook of Laramie, WY; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Jean, his parents, and his siblings, James E. Thomas, Jr. Mary E. Lamar, and Katy Koll; and longtime companion, E. Jeanne Reames.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Johnston Historical Society or the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences will be welcomed at





No Service
Iles Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Wednesday, October 20, 2021


Westminster Presbyterian Church
2915 Glenn Ave,
Sioux City, IA United States 51106
Alzheimer's Association
919 N Michigan Ave Ste 1000
Chicago, IL 60611
The purpose of the Alzheimer's Association is to provide support for the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association.
Johnston Historical Society
P.O. Box 109
Johnston, IA 50131