'Bob' Earl Thomas, age 83, of LaPorte, Ind., formerly of Hobart, Ind.,
passed away on April 5, 2013 at IU Health LaPorte Hospital.
was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 31, 1929, to Leslie R. and Vera
January 17, 1948, he married Betty Lou Atkinson, who preceded him in
are his children, Wayne (Jeanine) Thomas of Chesterton, Ind., Mark L.
(Karen) Thomas of Harvey, Ill., Bonnie (Duane) Miller of LaPorte, and
Craig (Pat) Thomas of Piedmont, So. Carolina; sister, Marion Baltrusch of
Cape Coral, Fla.; grandchildren, Scott Thomas, Barbara Thomas, Israel
Thomas, Eric Miller, and Amy Salazar; and special friend Helen Clarkson of
Ft. Myers, Fla.
was a retired Cadillac Service Manager. He was a Past Master of Harvey
Masonic Lodge in Harvey, Ill., Past Worthy Patron of Celesta and Arcadia
Eastern Star of Harvey and Lansing, Ill., and a member of United Methodist
Church in Hobart, Ind.
was preceded in death by his wife, parents, sister Dorothy Yant, and
brother Ralph Thomas.
Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 9,
at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2900 Monroe St., LaPorte,
Ind., with Rev. Evan Lash officiating. A time of visitation will take
place prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A private burial
will take place at Cedar Park Cemetery in Calumet Park, Ill.
contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the
American Diabetes Association.
may be shared with the family online at www.cutlerfuneralhome.com
more information call (219) 362-2828.