Robert F. "Bob" ThomasRobert “Bob” F. Thomas, age 68 of Minto, ND passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. He passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family.
Bob was born March 7, 1945 in Huntingdon, PA the son of the late Melvin F. and Margaret L. (Skillington) Thomas. He graduated from Southern Huntingdon High School. Bob enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a hospital corpsman in Vietnam from 1964-68. He was united in marriage to Jeanne Nelson on August 17, 1968 at Blair Mills, PA. The couple later moved to Minot, ND and they managed the Thunderbird Motel while he attended Minot State University. Following his education, Bob was an officer on the Minot Police Department. In 1973 Bob re-enlisted in the United States Navy and served at Bethesda Naval Base in MD and Camp Lejeune in NC. Following his discharge in 1975 the couple moved to Mohall, ND and Bob served as Renville County Sheriff for 18 years. In 1994 the couple moved to Minto, ND and Bob worked as Chief Deputy for the Walsh County Sheriff’s Department until retiring on April 1, 2009. Bob was diagnosed with cancer shortly thereafter.