TUNKHANNOCK — Robert "Bob" Stanley Thomas, 78, of Tunkhannock, died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at St. Mary's Villa in Elmhurst. He was born in Lake Winola on May 6, 1938, son of the late Stanley E. and Frances (Stetz) Thomas. Bob was a 1956 graduate of the Tunkhannock Area High School, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Following his service in the Navy, he worked at the family business, Thomas Well Drilling, eventually succeeding his father as owner/operator of the business. He was a member of the Church of Nativity BVM in Tunkhannock, the Tunkhannock Moose Lodge 1276, and the Pennsylvania and National Ground Water Associations. Bob enjoyed the outdoors and took great pleasure in a lifetime of hunting and gardening. He was mechanically inclined and regularly applied these skills to work situations and automotive repairs. He was capable of tackling all aspects of any household remodeling project and frequently did for both himself and family members. Bob was preceded in death by his sister, Geraldine Lasher. He is survived by his sons, Michael and wife, Robyn, of Parkton, Md., Rob and wife, Marie, of Dalton; sisters, Arlene Jenkins, of Piedmont, Ohio, and Judy Love, of New Port Richey, Fla.; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, from the Church of Nativity BVM in Tunkhannock. Interment will be in Pieta Cemetery, Tunkhannock. A viewing for friends and family will be held 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Memorial donations can be made to the Church of Nativity BVM, 99 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, PA 18657, or to the Alzheimer's Association ( www.alz.org ). For directions and online condolences please visit www.sheldonkukuchkafuneralhome.com .
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