Robert Leon Thompson © Enid News and Eagle 07-17-2018 Submitted by: Glenn
October 30, 1929 - July 14, 2018
Robert Leon Thompson, age 88, Tonkawa resident, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018, in Blackwell, Oklahoma.
A ceremony to celebrate his life is 2:00 p.m. today, July 18, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church in Tonkawa, with Pastor Rob Harris officiating.
Following the ceremony, he will be laid to rest with U.S Army honors at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Tonkawa. Casket bearers are Dusty Deaton, Gant Ward, Rome Ward, Coty Mitchell, Kent Ditmore, Curtis Ditmore, Kris Ditmore and honorary casket bearer Lonnie Bray.
Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Tonkawa.
Robert was born on October 30, 1929, to Millard Guy Thompson and Anna Belle Nichols Thompson in Arvada, CO. When he was a child, they moved to Tonkawa where he graduated from Tonkawa High School with the class of 1947.
Following high school, he attended Northern Oklahoma College and Oklahoma State University where he earned his bachelor's degree. Graduating from college brought about much change, as within the week of graduation, he received his notice of draft into the U.S. Army as well as marrying his adored wife Patricia on May 28, 1952, at the First United Methodist Church in Tonkawa.
The family moved to Enid in the mid-1950's where he began working as a safety engineer for a petroleum company. Once in Enid, they began attending Davis Park Christian Church which became the Oakwood Christian Church, where he served as a deacon amongst other positions.
As well, Robert was active in the Enid American Legion. Patricia and Robert enjoyed square dancing and spent many nights cutting-a-rug with friends. They were also fond of taking the camper out across the country to fish and boat with some of their favorite spots being Canton Lake and Rockport, TX.
When he wasn't working or dancing, Robert could be found in his shop working on his woodworking projects. He adored his family and his grandchildren who lovingly called him Grandpa Bob. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his daughter Valorie Buss and husband Dennis of Tonkawa; sons: Steven Thompson and husband Terry Steele of Tulsa, and Eric Thompson and wife Shelly of Anadarko; sister Norma Greer of Modesto, CA; grandchildren: Amy Deaton and husband Dusty of Weatherford, Sara Ward and husband Gant of Moore, Sydney Mitchell and husband Coty of Tulsa, Emyly Morrison of Tulsa, Ashley Thompson of Norman, Cassiday Thompson of Weatherford, and Tori Baker and husband Cassidy of Texas; great-grandchildren: Rome Ward, Livia Ward, Peyton Miller, Stella Deaton, Oliver Morrison, Korynn Sample, and Lauren Sample
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, wife Patricia, wife Rosanne Sims, and daughter Mary Kimberly Thompson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tonkawa Historical Society, c/o Gayle Kuchera, 1106 N. 5th St., Tonkawa, OK 74653.
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