S. Thomas, 55
Bob “Doe” Thomas, 55, Fredericksburg, Virginia, resident, passed away unexpectedly in Alamogordo, New Mexico, on Saturday, March 19, 2016.
Bob was born Oct. 10, 1960, to Patricia and the late Donald Thomas. He graduated from West Bend East High School class of 1979. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in December 1983 with a bachelor of science in construction management.
He married his best friend Mary Jo (Sturke) Thomas on May 26, 1990, at St. Edward & Isidore Catholic Church in Flintville.
Bob worked for Gilbane Building Co. for 26 years as a senior project manager. At the time of death he was working at Hollman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, New Mexico. His job took him to Mary-land, New York, Virginia, California and New Mexico.
Bob and Mary Jo loved to travel, especially to their second home in North Carolina. He loved to follow his favorite sports teams, especially the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. His most treasured times were spent with family and friends. Bob was always the “big kid.” You could always count on Bob to make a get-together a party. With his humor and antics, he wanted everyone to live life to the fullest as he did. He looked forward to his yearly Packers away game and boating with his friends the Bartleys and the Jursses in La Crosse.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Mary Jo, to whom he devoted his life; his mother Patricia Thomas, West Bend; sister and brother- in-law, Ann (John) Kocher, West Bend; brother and sister-in-law, David (Cynde) Thomas, Boynton Beach, Florida; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bill (Debbie) Sturke, Suamico, Shirley (Leon) Havlik, Suamico, Sharon (Steve) Achten, Suamico, Tom (Sharon) Sturke, Hobart, Barb (Roy) Schroeder, Green Bay and Bev (Dawn Bayer) Sturke, De Pere; two special godchildren, Amanda (Kocher) Swanson and Nathan Bartley; 14 nieces and nephews; 13 great-nieces and nephews; and many wonderful cousins and friends. He is furthered survived by his Aunt Jeanette Thomas, Uncle Ervin Novak, Aunt Arline Wisniewski and special cousins Cathy Jones and Monica Pawlak.
He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Thomas; father-in-law and mother- in-law, Joe and Joyce Sturke; aunts, uncles and a great-nephew.
A memorial mass will be held on Wednesday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 138 N. Eighth Ave., West Bend.
Friends may call at the church Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. until time of the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice in Bob’s name.
Mary Jo would like to extend a special thank you to Gilbane Building Co. for their support at this difficult time, especially Heidi DeBenedetti.
Also, to her family and friends for their love and support.
Bob will always be remembered as a gentle, generous and giving man with a heart of gold. A devoted husband, son, brother, brotherin- law, uncle and friend. Until we meet again.
The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Robert’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.