Robert Lee Tomlinson

Robert Lee Tomlinson

Sep 29, 1939 – Apr 27, 2017

Robert was born in Clarion, Iowa, then moved to Jefferson.  After graduating from Jefferson H.S., he served in the U.S. Army and then began a 42-year career with the Union Pacific Railroad.  On retirement, Robert and Barbara Ann moved to Texas in 2004.

Robert’s hobbies included racing homing pigeons, playing hearts, and cheering on the University of Nebraska football team. He served as Executive Vice-President of the American Racing Pigeon Union and President of Texas Hill Country RPC.  He loved traveling with his wife, children, and grandchildren.  All will miss his sense of humor and sage advice.  He attended Bulverde United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Opal; father, Gene; sister, Faith; and brother, Wayne.  He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann; brothers, Clair and Gary; sister, Marlene; children: Lisa, Charles, Rachel, Burt, Pam, Mike, and Sandy; 13 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 9th from 5pm to 7pm at the Bel Air Chapel, 12100 W. Center Rd.  SERVICES Wednesday, May 10th at 11am at the Bel Air Chapel. Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park with military honors by Benson VFW Post 2503.  Memorials are suggested to:  Texas Hill Country Invitational Racing Pigeon Club, 30889 Olympus, Bulverde, Texas 78163.



  • Rolfe Blaess Posted May 2, 2017 3:49 pm

    I really enjoyed Robert as a friend. He could remember in finite detail so many things that we did in grade and high school. Robert had such a good sense of humor and I really enjoyed seeing Robert and Barbara Ann on numerous occasions. I saw them last when they visited Jefferson July 27 & 28, 2016. I did talk to Robert after his head-on car crash on February 28, with the other driver being 18. It was his internal injuries that ultimately took his life. He spent 22 days in ICU, with Barbara Ann by his side. Robert was so wanting to attend the class of 1957 ~ 60th high school reunion on June 9-10-11. Life is precious! I will miss Robert!
    Rolfe Blaess, Jefferson, IA and Sun City, AZ

  • Dar Kuehl Posted May 4, 2017 7:19 pm

    It Goes without saying, and I speak for hundreds of friends out there ,over the last 75 years that were touched by Robert. Condolences abound to close Faimly and friends with His passing.

  • Steven Martin Posted May 5, 2017 9:44 am

    My deepest sympathy is with Barbara and family. Bob was a great guy and will be missed by all who knew him.

  • Judy Havranek Posted May 8, 2017 8:01 pm

    Charlie, Lisa and Rachael
    I used to clean house for your Dad and Mom. I think of you back then as young kids. But now you have your own kids and families.
    Your Dad was a very Special person and Loved by many..
    He will be missed and remembered with many special thoughts by all.
    My heart goes out to you and your families at this very difficult time.
    My deepest sincere sympathy and condolences.
    God Bless You
    Judy Havranek

  • Jennifer Switzer Posted May 15, 2017 8:30 am

    Lisa, Our hearts and prayers go out to you. We are thinking of you and your family everyday.


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