Robert ‘Butch’ W. Thomas

Robert “Butch” W. Thomas, 81, passed away Sunday morning, July 7, 2019, at his home at Lake Holiday, Crawfordsville.

Butch was born May 25, 1938, at Georgetown, Illinois, the son of Herman Thomas and Frances Harrier Thomas and graduated from Hillsboro High School. He worked for RR Donnelley & Son at Crawfordsville for 41 years and retired as a bookbinder.

Butch married Carolyn Sue Pugh on Oct. 9, 1971, and they made their home at Waynetown before moving to Lake Holiday. He formerly attended the Waynetown Christian Church and was a member of the Donnelley Club and the Ben Hur Car Club.

Butch is survived by wife Carolyn; daughter Cindy (Allen) Jeffries of Crawfordsville; sons, Larry of Crawfordsville and Rob (Michelle) of Fort Wayne. He will also be missed by his grandchildren, Brandie Smith, Brooke Heibel, Nick, Sam, Adi, Gigi, Lily and Sophie Thomas as well as his great-grandchildren, Landon Justice, Gramm and Everett Hiebel and Kade Thomas. He is also survived by brother Ronald Thomas of Stockwell and sister Mildred Bartelson of Aurora, Illinois. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gene Thomas; and a granddaughter, Lexi Rose Thomas.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the funeral service at noon Thursday, July 11 at Shoemaker Funeral Home, 202 Bratton Road, Waynetown. The funeral will be officiated by Pastor Steve Wever and burial will follow in the Waynetown Masonic Cemetery. 

Those who wish to make memorial donations may give to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or to the American Heart Association, Greater Midwest Affiliate, Memorials and Tributes Lockbox, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL. 60674. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. 

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