DERBY – Robert K. Thom, 84, passed from this life to the next on Sunday, May 12, 2019.  He spent his last moments here displaying the true essence of his character by caring for his wife of nearly 55 years, Sharon Kiel Thom. A memorial service will be held May 21 at 2:00 pm at First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway, Wichita, Kan. 

Robert was born in Nashville, Kan. to Otto H. Thom and Ruth Monrad Thom in 1934. On the family farm near Isabel, he and his sister Phyllis learned the hard work and constancy that carried him through life.

Bob attended Kansas State University, studying chemistry and beginning a full career as a research chemist at Vulcan Materials. After retirement, Bob pursued activity in areas of passion including avid gardening, Bible study, visiting family, and short term missions work.

Robert K. Thom is survived by his wife, Sharon K. Thom; children, Erica (Deje) Glassburn, Kristin Thom (Jason Kinder), and Brian (Megan) Thom; and grandchildren, Justin, Samuel, Jacob, Julia, Eloise, and Eila.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First United Methodist Church of Wichita Missions Department. Full obituary at www.smithfamilymortuaries.com.