Robert was a 1951 Elyria High School graduate. He served in the U.S. Navy. Robert was a tool and die maker and worked for Buckeye Mold and Die, then retired following 24 years of services with General Motors. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, and enjoyed going to car shows, museums and traveling. Robert loved to flirt with the ladies.
Survivors include a daughter, Becky L. Thatcher of Elyria; and a son, Barry W. Thatcher. Additional survivors include a grandson, Joseph W. Thatcher of Spokane, Washington; and a sister, Betty Thomas (Bill) of Oregon.
Robert was preceded in death by his first wife, Norma; his second wife, Dolores; his parents, Maurice William and Virginia (nee Grady) Thatcher; and a stepson, Edward.
Family will receive friends 4 until 7 P.M., Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at State Rt. 57), Elyria (440)323-4626. Memorial services will be 11 A.M., Saturday, November 30, 2013, at Christ Lutheran Church, 4501 Clinton Ave., Lorain, OH 44055, where the family will also receive friends from 10:30 A.M., until time of services. Pastor Laurie Miller will officiate. Burial will be private at Ridge Hill Memorial Park in Amherst Township.
Memorial contributions, in Robert's memory, can be sent to Christ Lutheran Church.
Online condolences to the family can be expressed at www.laubenthalmercado.com