Robert Eugene “RT” Thomason, 77, of Monroe, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Newton Healthcare Center. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, July 16 at Monroe United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 15 at the Monroe American Legion. Memorials can be directed to the Ronald McDonald House or Life Serve Blood Center. Condolences may be left for the family at coburnfuneralhomes.com.
The son of Arthur Bruce and Inez Irene (Schrader) Thomason, RT was born July 2, 1944, in Jasper County. Robert was a graduate from Monroe High School in 1962. On Jan. 10, 1964, he was united in marriage to Donna Laver in Newton. RT worked as a tractor mechanic for more than 50 years and retired from Pella Implement in 2009. RT enjoyed going to his brother’s farm, playing cards, reading, word search puzzles, doing morning coffee time with friends and telling stories and jokes, including giving a hard time to friends and family. He was a proud blood donor and enjoyed collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald house.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Donna; two children, Rob “RT” (Carol) Thomason and Paula (Brandy) Kingery; four grandchildren, Mitch Merical, Matt Merical, Corbin Kingery and Caden Kingery; two great-grandchildren, Jayde Griffith and Max Merical; his siblings, Carroll (Glenda) Thomason, Larry (Joanne) Thomason, Marcia (William) Livingston, Ruby Thomason and Becky Danielson; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding RT in death were his parents; and a niece, Catherine Livingston.