JOHNSTOWN — Robert B. Thomas, 78, of Johnstown, passed away at Riverside Methodist Hospital on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. He was born June 30, 1935, in Slovan, Pa., to the late Bruno G. and Elizabeth (Pinter) Thomas. He graduated from Union High School in Burgettstown, Pa., where he served as class president. He then earned a Bachelor of Arts from Findlay College, (now University of Findlay), and an Masters of Arts from Xavier University. He served two years in the U.S. Army.
He taught and coached in the Pandora, New Albany and Johnstown-Monroe schools and then taught at the Know County Career Center until his retirement. He was a longtime, active and involved member of the Johnstown United Methodist Church; member and Past Master of Center Lodge 86 F&AM; member and treasurer of the Licking County Shrine; member of York Rite, Clinton Chapter 86, Kinsman Council 76, Clinton Commandery 5, Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus, Aladdin Shrine of Columbus, Peter J. Copeland Lodge O.E.S. and Moundbuilders Rose Society. He served as chair of the Monroe Township Zoning Board of Appeals for nearly 30 years. He had been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame of the University of Findlay and New Albany High School. He had numerous hobbies and interests including fishing, hunting, Native American artifacts, woodworking and growing apple trees.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary C. Thomas; son, Dr. Erik R. (Barbara) Thomas of Raleigh, N.C.; sister, Marlene (Gene) Johnson of Minehaha Springs, Va.; and four grandchildren, Spencer, Lauren, Jane and Natalie. He was preceded in death by son, John D. Thomas; his parents; and two brothers.
Funeral Service will be held Monday, at 10 a.m., at the Johnstown United Methodist Church, 139 S. Main St., Johnstown, where a Masonic Service will be held Sunday at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Center Lodge 86, P.O. Box 312, Johnstown, OH 43031; or to the Johnstown UMC Window Fund in Bob’s memory.
Arrangements by Crouse-Kauber-Sammons Funeral Home, Johnstown. Please visit www.cksammons.com to send online condolences.Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.