Robert E. Thompson, age 85, of Dover, died Monday, October 17, 2022, in Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital at Dover following a period of declining health.
Born in Dennison on December 4, 1936, Robert was a son of the late William and Carolyn Homan Thompson.
Bob was a graduate of the former Dennison High School where he was on the mile relay team in 1954 which broke the Eastern State District Record of the time. He also placed numerous times throughout his high school career in pole vaulting and half-mile run.
Upon his graduation, he entered into the United States Navy during the Korean War where he enjoyed playing football and boxing while also serving aboard the USS Yosemite. Shortly after his honorable discharge he began working for the Daily Reporter as a Pressman under Fred Kollar and was part of the merger with the Daily Times. The two newspapers formed what we once knew as the Times Reporter. Bob continued for more than 40 years where he ran the Metro Press and retired as the Press Foreman. Following his retirement from the Times Reporter Bob worked for the City of Dover at Memorial Hall in the Parks and Recreation Department.
Bob was a member of New Pointe Community Church at Dover, New Philadelphia Elks Lodge #510, Dover Moose, Dover Jaycees, Dover Tornado Club, and the Tuscarawas County Senior Center. He was an avid golfer and a supporter of all Dover sports. He enjoyed supporting his children and grandchildren’s activities and spending time with each of them.
He will be missed by his daughter, Robin (Jonathan) Miller of Dover; a son, R. Troy (Luann) Thompson of Milford; six grandchildren, Jessica (Keaven) Vogel, Nathan Miller, Logan (Sydney) Miller, Ciara (Nick) Harshey, Juli (Jordan) Traylinek and Valerie Thompson; seven great-grandchildren, Kade, Aria, Nolan, Nico, Nash, Nora and Mila as well as numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his wife, of more than 60 years, Helen M. Thompson whom he married on November 7, 1959, and died on August 16, 2020; two brothers, William “Sonny” Thompson and Gary “Lefty” Thompson, and a sister, Pam Armstrong.
The family will greet guests on Sunday, October 23, 2022, from 2-5 PM in the Geib Funeral Center at Dover where a service celebrating Robert’s life will take place on Monday, October 24, 2022, at 10:30 AM. Burial with military honors will follow in the Dover Burial Park. Following services all are invited to join the family for a meal and fellowship in the New Philadelphia Church of Christ, 749 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.
Memorial contributions in Bob’s name may be directed to the Parkinson Research Foundation, 5969 Cattleridge Blvd., Suite 100, Sarasota, Florida 34232.