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Robert Lee “Bob” Thompson

December 22, 1937 - March 23, 2020



Robert Lee “Bob” Thompson of Boon passed away Monday, March 23, 2020 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He was 82.

Bob was born December 22, 1937 in Hartwick Township, Osceola County, Michigan to Elmer Edwin and Lois Irene (Davis) Thompson.

Bob grew up playing with model airplanes in hopes of following his big brother Lloyd into the Air Force, which he did when he turned 18 and proudly served for 12 years as a jet mechanic. After his time in the Air Force, Bob worked at AT&T for 30 years before retiring.

He and Wanda enjoyed traveling around the country, especially when they could visit family in different areas. They loved to camp and fish with their kids, siblings and their families. Bob loved sci-fi movies and TV shows, especially Star Trek & Star Wars. He enjoyed watching baseball & football. One of his favorite hobbies was wood working; he and Wanda have been making wooden Christmas ornaments for family and friends for about 30 years.

On December 17, 1966 at Melvindale Christian and Missionary Church he married the former Wanda Mae Austin and she survives him along with their children: Robert Russell (Tina) Thompson of Belvidere, Illinois and Dorothy Irene Thompson of Boon; grandchildren: Mitch (Kristin) Thompson, Ashley Majeski (Matt) and Alex Stoppa (Samantha); great-grandchildren: Jack, Cecilia, Mattison, Brayden, Hadley; a sister, Barbara (Doug) Taylor; and in-laws: Linnie Jensen, Russ (Joan) Austin, Elda (Charlie) Gilmore, Nancy (Joel) Berenter, Lew Austin, Jerry (Anna) Austin, Larry Austin, Mary Austin, Laura (Everett) Simerson and Paul (Lynn) Austin

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Lloyd (Betty) Thompson, Millie (Leonard) Bell, Merle (Elaine) Thompson, Rose (Gerald) Michell, Vivian Foster, Geneva (Bob) Lanphar and Lila (Jack) Tower.
Public services with full military rites for Mr. Thompson will be announced at a later date. Burial will take place at Selma Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Dementia Research. An online guestbook is available at

Guest Book

  • Connie Foster and Family - Mar 25th, 2020 12:47 pm

    "Uncle Bob was and and always will be a favorite of ours. He may have been a squirt but when the chips were down he was there and helped when he could! I have a great deal of good memories of Uncle Bob that I will hold close to my heart and cherish until I see him again with Mom and all the others! Matthew and I send our love and affection to Aunt Wanda, Rob and Dottie and wish we could be with them now! Will be there when we are able! Again, we love you all!tyrfc9y2"

  • Mitch, Kristin, and Cecilia Thompson - Mar 25th, 2020 1:30 pm

    "He was an amazing grandfather and great grandfather and will be greatly missed. We love you grandpa Rob"

  • Don and Tammy Hamilton - Mar 25th, 2020 2:44 pm

    "You will be greatly missed Uncle Bob"

  • Kimberly and Steven Phillips - Mar 25th, 2020 3:20 pm

    "We loved you so much uncle Bob. We loved going to movies and spending time with you. You will be greatly missed."

  • Wayland, Kat and Loki Mazur - Mar 25th, 2020 3:27 pm

    "You will be missed by many. I will forever remember all the times you, Dot and Aunt Wanda would stop and visit when we lived down south!"

  • Steve Green - Mar 25th, 2020 8:30 pm

    "I had so many great time with You, Aunt Wanda, Rob and Dot that I could not begin to list them all. You guys have always been such a huge part of my life and I hope you ALL know how much I love all of you!!!"

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