Robert L. Thompson passed away peacefully May 14, 2020, surrounded by his family. He was born November 21, 1943 to Robert W. and Edith Thompson in Hailey, Idaho. Rob grew up in Hailey and was the eldest of 5 boys. He moved to Gillette, Wyoming in his late teens where he met his future wife, Rita “Petesie” Knapp. They married on June 27, 1965 and Rob then received an associate accounting degree in Rapid City, from the National College of Business. They eventually settled in Casper, Wyoming where Rob worked as a tax accountant in the oil and gas industry, until eventually retiring from True Companies in 2016.
Rob and Rita raised two children, Robyn (Thompson) Chivers and Ryan Thompson, and they were fortunate enough to have him as “Granddad” to their children, Cole, Conner, and Crue Chivers, and Tressa, Callan, and Reilly Thompson. Rob enjoyed fly fishing, hunting, and camping, and passed that love onto both his children and grandchildren. Many fond memories will be remembered from all the fun trips, where it seems some type of (mis) adventure always occurred. Rob was a mechanic, carpenter, electrician, plumber, and tow/vehicle recovery expert in his off time, and there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix. A vast majority of these skills were usually employed during the above-mentioned trips, strictly out of necessity. “A jack of all trades and master of none,” as he used to say.
Rob always wanted to return to his ranching roots from Gillette, and was fortunate to have pigs, puppies, goats, cows, horses, chickens, ducks, and eventually long horn cattle in his later years. Aptly named, The Goat Rope Ranch, this also provided numerous misadventures for both he and his family.
Rob is survived by his brothers, Harry, Tim, and Tom Thompson, daughter Robyn Chivers (Mitch), son Ryan (Miranda), and the grandchildren mentioned above. He will be loved and missed by numerous friends, relatives, and family. In lieu of pretty flowers, please send donations to the Humane Society. Yah-ta-hey Dad! We love you!
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