Robert William Thomas, age 84, was called peacefully to his everlasting life. He passed away at his home in the township of Ludington surrounded by loved ones on May 21, 2020. He was born on February 15, 1936 in Galesville, WI, the son of Elmer and Lilian (Brenegen) Thomas.
While Bob was still in high school he ran heavy equipment with his father which molded his love for digging and carved him into a dedicated, hard working man. He married his soulmate Anna Henning on August 27, 1960. Together they bought a house in the township of Ludington Fall Creek, WI where they raised a beautiful family, whom he loved very much. In 1968 Bob started Thomas Excavating with the help of his wife and in 1990 he created a magnificent pond which had always been a dream of his, it truly is peaceful and captivating. After he finished the pond his love for trucking and heavy equipment was too much for him to just sit still so he began a career he knew he would love, and started working for Brunzlick Trucking which he retired from in 2015.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Anna. His 7 children, Carol (Larry) Gale; David (Julie) Thomas; Debra (Larry) Slattman; William (Traci) Thomas; Karen (Dean) Sonnentag; Melissa (Steve) Schultz; and Donald Thomas. Along with his sister, Florence Ziegler and brother, Ronald (Helen) Thomas. Bob was also a very proud and loving grandpa to 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 2 step-great-grandchildren.
He was welcomed into Heaven by his parents, Elmer and Lillian Thomas; his mother and father-in-law, Emil and Margaret (Kersten) Henning; his brother, Richard Thomas; his brother-in-laws, Loren Ziegler and Franklin (Butch) Henning; a sister-in-law, Josephine O'Brien and very close family friend, Samuel (Gene) Barton.
You could always catch Bob playing around in the dirt, whether he was digging ponds or gardening he always found something to do to keep him busy. He had a radiant smile he could flash at you and in an instant you'd notice you were also smiling, even if he was beating you in a game of "Dirty Clubs". He was a man of God and was never shy to express his love for his family. He loved being able to get together with family every chance he had and felt very blessed to be able to watch his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren grow. He lived a beautiful life and all who part of it are very blessed. We will miss your infectious laugh and kindhearted hugs but will always continue to share your memory. Until we meet again.
Family and Friends, please join us in celebrating Bob's life on July 25, 2020 at the farmhouse. We will be holding a ceremony by the pond at 2pm and then have food and good company at the farm after, to share our best memories and moments of Bob's life.
Online condolences can be left at www.andersonfhaugusta.com .