Robert Edward Thomas

January 6, 1935December 29, 2020

Robert Edward Thomas, age 85, of Fruitland Park, FL, formally of Holly, MI, Haslett, MI, and Williamston, MI, died on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at the Tavares Hospice House, Fl.

Born in Detroit, MI, on January 6, 1935, he is the son of Edward and Beulah (Cromwell) Thomas. Shortly after his military service, Robert joined Michigan State University, Stores Dept., from which he later retired after 33 years. At MSU, he was a very active member of the staff golf league and won several trophies. Along with being an active golfer, he was a fervent Spartan fan and especially enjoyed when the Spartan Football and Hockey teams beat “the other school down the road”. Robert also enjoyed fishing with his friends, travel with his family, and was active in the Williamston community as a little league coach and on bowling leagues, among other activities.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis (Nichols), his parents, his brothers William, John, and Gerald, step-sister Irma, and sister Barbara. His sister, Margaret, of Holly, MI survives him, as do his sons, Douglas, of Fruitland Park, and Michael, of Perry, MI. Robert’s special friend, Barbara Gallogly, of Fruitland Park, FL also survives him as do several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A graveside service will take place at Summitt Cemetery, Williamston, MI on September 18, 2021 at 2:00pm. The family request casual dress for Robert's service.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Capital Area Literacy Coalition, 1028 E. Saginaw St., Lansing, MI 48906.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home – Williamston, MI Chapel and Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home – Apopka, FL Chapel.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Thomas family.


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, September 18, 2021


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Darryl Dysinger

January 22, 2021

My first day at stores as a young 18 yr old, I was matched up with BT on the trucks delivering for MSU, great guy with a ton of stories and always a smile for everyone, thanks for being that guy ! RIP BT

Robert Eash

January 21, 2021

Bob, or the Silver Fox as we called him, was a super guy. I worked with Bob at Stores and we became good friends over the years. He and his wife, Phyllis, were both great people. For many years many of the workforce would meet at their house and have a few libations. I don't think I ever saw Bob that he didn't have a smile on his face. The world will be a sadder place without him. Rest in Peace my friend.

Susan Edgar/Lee

January 20, 2021

The sweetest uncle, always a smile and a friendly hug, no complaints, only jokes and chuckles. My Uncle Robert was a very dear man. I look forward to properly memorializing him when we can.