Robert Curtis Thom

July 25, 1936 - December 25, 2020

Robert Curtis Thom, 84, a resident of Fort Myers, FL from 1978-2007 and from 2019 to present, formerly of Indianapolis, IN, and Valdosta, GA, passed away Friday, December 25, 2020 in Fort Myers. He was born July 25, 1936 in Indianapolis, IN to Jay and Julia Thom, now deceased.

Robert was a Veteran of the United States Navy, where he served from 1955-1959 as an engine mechanic. He Graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, IN, and became a certified architectural draftsman; working in Fort Myers, FL for W. R. Frizzell Architects; Richard A. Fabbro, AIA; Raymond Remodeling; and Alvah P. Breitweiser, AIA. Robert was an experienced and skilled sailor, having been taught by his grandfather when he was a youngster. Bob sailed throughout the Bahamas, in the Gulf of Mexico, and on Dykes Pond and Long Pond in Lake Park, GA.

Robert was known to many of his wife’s Lee County theatre students, and friends at Theatre Guild Valdosta for designing and/or constructing sets for theatrical productions and being totally supportive of theatre arts and the symphony. He was an avid reader – especially of his brother James A. Thom’s historical novels. Robert was known to all as a kind, gentle man with a beautiful soul and gentle presence. He will be deeply missed, but his suffering is over and he is sailing peacefully on the waters of his Heavenly home.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Andrea (Getzlaff) Thom of Fort Myers; stepdaughter, Lorilyn Pastirik Gurley (Jeffrey) of Valdosta, GA; step grandsons, Dalton J. Gurley and Tyler J. Gurley of Athens, GA; brother, James Alexander Thom (Dark Rain) of Bloomington, IN; nephews, Alen Thom of Bloomington, IN, Craig Clemons of Spenser, IN, William Thom Clemons of Seattle, WA; as well as nieces, Pam Guttierez of Greenwood, IN and Cinda Farkas of Bloomington, IN;

Robert was preceded in death by his sister, Julia S. Clemons of Spenser, IN, and brother, John H. Thom of Bloomington, IN.

No formal services are planned at this time.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Robert Curtis Thom are suggested to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Cir., Fort Myers, FL 33908 or to American Forests, 1220 L Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20005 (

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Doug and Derrith McQuaig Dec 30, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    My heart is broken – he was such a kind, sweet and life loving man. I do know he is at peace and no longer suffering. I am praying for peace and comfort for Andrea and family.

  2. Mary Kaye and Dan Stevens Dec 30, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    I am grateful I knew Bob. He was a genuine gentle man.. He will be missed by many, and especially missed be Andrea. Your loss is great. You are in our prayers during this difficult time.

  3. Lisa Adams Sexton Dec 30, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Brandon and I are so thankful for all of the wonderful memories Bob made with us. We will forever hold them close to our hearts. He will be truly missed. We love you Andrea & Lori.

  4. Virginia Branson Dec 30, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    Bob was a tremendous friend. We introduced Andrea to Bob and then had the privilege of standing up with them at their wedding. Ted (my husband) preceded Bob in death so I’m sure Ted welcomed at the Golden Gate and are now having fun sailing in heaven.

  5. Molly Schaefer Dec 30, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    I give my Deepest Condolences and Send Comfort to Robert’s family and friends. He was a lovely man that impacted so many people in a positive way. He will always be loved.

  6. Greg Gurley Dec 31, 2020 at 9:12 am

    A gentle kind soul. He meant so much to so many, he will be missed here in this temporary life of ours. Peace to all who knew him.

  7. Christine Kempkers Dec 31, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    I am so glad I was able to meet Bob and enjoyed his conversation and kind spirit very much. I love the photo! My sympathy to you, Andrea and to Bob’s family.

  8. Alen Clemons Dec 31, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    He was a great man and favorite uncle.

  9. Lori (Trotter) Gully Jan 2, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Sending love and wishes for peace to Andrea during this difficult time. He loved you madly.

  10. Fabbros Jan 3, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing….so glad he was a part of our life history….our thoughts are with you Andrea….so happy we got to spent an evening before COVID……with fond memories…
    Dick and Nancy Fabbro

  11. Fred & Joan Whittinghill Jan 4, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    Bob was a dear friend. We met Bob and Andrea on a cruise years ago and then traveled on many cruises with them for several years. Bob will be greatly missed. Our love and prayers are with the family.

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