STAYTON, OR - Bobby Ray Thomas passed away on September 4, 2020 at Santiam Hospital surrounded by family after a brief illness with pneumonia.
Bobby was born on March 2, 1945 in Geneva, Alabama to Vallie Louise Thomas. He was the oldest of five children. He married his very devoted wife of 52 years, Kathleen Ann Fletchall, on August 11, 1968 in Las Vegas. They lived in Southern California until 1979 where they relocated their family to Brookings, Oregon. Here they would raise their children and Bobby would take on the task of building his dream home up the north bank of the Chetco River.
He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He followed in his father’s footsteps and became a masonry contractor by trade, but there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. He taught himself so many skills and built two houses for his family and multiple other projects for himself, family and friends. He was always there to lend a hand to anyone who asked. Rarely did Bobby ever tell someone he couldn’t help them.
In his younger years, he enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He also got the gambling “bug” from his parents and enjoyed taking a trip to the casino every once in a while.
He was a caring and supportive husband, father and grandfather. His family meant everything to him and he would do absolutely anything for them. After retiring, he spent his time following his grandkids in all their extra-curricular activities, working on one project after another on his house and tending to his treasured koi pond and the 50 or so fish that live in it. He stayed active until the end even if it meant taking lots of breaks because his heart was just wearing out on him. He wasn’t going to let his health stop him and always had a positive attitude about continuing to push forward.
Bobby is survived by his wife, Kathy Thomas, two brothers, Tony Mitani and Don Mitani. He is also survived by his three children, Greg Thomas (Theresa), Wendy Nau (Tod) and Colette Thomas. He also leaves behind six grandchildren, Dakota, Sierra, Briana, Cade, Alias and Abigail, as well as three great-grandchildren, Adeline, Eva and Tara. He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Louise Mitani, his sister, Rhonda Trejo, and his brother, Danny Mitani.
Private burial will be held next month at Lone Oak Cemetery, Stayton. Arrangements by North Santiam Funeral Service.