Robert Lewis Thompson


Robert Lewis Thompson, 77, of Columbus, died at 6:57 a.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Hope.

He graduated from Cortland High School in 1957. Bob retired after 38 years of service at Cummins Engine Company where he was the maintenance supervisor. He was also co-owner with Audrey’s Attic and Audrey’s Mini-Mall on State Street for several years. Bob loved tinkering with engines, both disassembling and reassembling them. In the ’60s, he found excitement racing cars in Brownstown. Robert was also an avid bowler and enjoyed singing. One of Mr. Thompson’s lifelong passions was playing the guitar. He and his brother, Raymond, would play for hours at a time. In his early years, Bob would play at taverns and later in his life played the guitar at his church.

The funeral will be conducted at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with Pastor Shane Rocker officiating. Family and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home. Following Mr. Thompson’s wishes, cremation is planned after the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

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Robert was born November 9, 1939, in Whiteland, Indiana, to the late Foy and Mabel Jessie Anderson Thompson.

He married Audrey Smith on October 2, 1982 in Columbus, Indiana.

Survivors include his wife, Audrey; children, Richard of Kentucky, Trina Cole, Douglas Thompson, Paul (Melissa) Thompson, all of Columbus, Heather (Kelly) Brostrom of Florida; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, one nephew and five nieces.

Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by two sons, Barry J. and John P. Thompson; brother, Raymond Thompson, and sister, Evelyn Hunt.