|Robert Wyatt Thrasher|
|Date Of Birth:||September 1, 1924-April 17, 2012|
|Date Of Death:||April 17, 2012|
|Service Date:||April 22, 2012|
Robert Wyatt Thrasher, 87, passed away on April 17 at his farm
Popcorn Road. Born in Harrodsburg on September 1, 1924, to
(Tony) H Thrasher and Marjorie Fowler Thrasher, he was the oldest
four children. About two years later, the family moved out to
on what is now called Thrasher Road. The house was previously
by Robert's grandparents Daniel and Effie Fowler.
Robert loved to tell the story of having to work off a medical
incurred when his sister had emergency surgery for a ruptured
appendix. This happened during the depression and his family
money to pay Dr. Poland's fee so Robert was chosen to work on
doctor's farm for the summer. What might have been a negative
turned out to be quite a pleasant experience. He had all the soda
with ice that he could drink.
Because Robert showed great promise as a student, his mother sent
to Bloomington High School. He had to cut through the woods
travel on foot a great distance to reach an aunt's home on
Road where he caught the bus. After receiving two double
promotions and graduating at age 16, he attended Indiana University
a scholarship. But times were tough, and he left college to
work on the family farm.
Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Robert volunteered for the army.
served as a scout in the 99th Division, 395th Infantry, Company
His basic training was in Arkansas where he was sent to the
Specialized Training Program (ASTP) at the University of
Later he was stationed at Camp Maxey in Paris, Texas, and after
training, Company L was shipped to England and then to France.
fought in the Battle of the Bulge and also saw action at
Remagen, the Ruhr Pocket and Gleidorf. His battalion joined
Army which was commanded by General Patton. He received
medals including a Bronze Star, a Presidential Unit Citation,
Expert Infantry Badge, a Combat Infantry Badge, and a Belgian
Fourragere. After Hitler was defeated, he anticipated being
immediately to fight the Japanese. Figuring he would never
get to see
Paris otherwise, he decided to go AWOL and visit the city. Later
he reported to his commander, he gave Robert a choice: he could
court-martialed, or he could "ship out." He chose to "ship out."
knowing the destination, he and several others were loaded onto
truck bound for their new assignment. Imagine his reaction
found himself back in Paris. The army was nice enough to put
in a hotel for approximately the next six months, and he was given
tough job. What he had to do was to oversee the delivery of
to the numerous army headquarters in Paris. In 2007, Robert
a collection of his war memories entitled Popcorn Road to
Back. The book would not have been possible without the extra
of his daughters Carol Tolliver and Nancy Sheehy.
In 1947, he married Bessie N. Nilson, and they began their
life in Indianapolis where he worked for General Motors. He
to work for GM after he and Bessie bought a house and farm in
Harrodsburg. While continuing to farm, he worked other jobs
one at Hoadley Quarry. He retired as a supervisor for the
Post Office and one of his favorite activities while working for
post office was to talk to school children about stamps and
encourage stamp collecting. He had an active civic life
service on the Monroe County School Board and the Monroe County
Board. The Governor appointed him to serve on the board of
Monroe Division of the Regional Sewer District where he remained
member until his death.
In 1975 he visited China as part of an agricultural exchange
During his tour of the country he was able to visit The Great Wall,
observe surgeries at hospitals where acupuncture was used as the
anesthetic, and he was able to accompany a Chinese postal
delivering daily mail.
Surviving relatives include his wife Bessie; five daughters,
Harper (John) of Carmel,IN, Jane Canter of Bloomington, Nancy
(Bill) of Manhattan Beach, CA, Carol Tolliver (Larry) of
Susan Parker (Pat) of Bloomington; one son, Robert "Roby"
Thrasher, Jr (Judy) of Springville; ten grandchildren, Daniel
Jessica Sheehy, Patrick Sheehy, Claire (Greg) Grostefon, Kyle
Winkler, Christopher (Lupe) Thrasher, Patrick Parker, Charlie
Jessica (Dusty) Fleener, and Robert "Bobby" Wyatt Thrasher
(Rachel); four great-grandchildren. Two sisters survive,
Fidler, Bloomington, and JoAnn Sowders, Bloomington, and one
Paul (Vivian) Thrasher of Bloomington. He was preceded in
his parents and a grandson, Mark Thrasher.
The family wishes to thank Dr Caitilin Kelly and Dr. Louis Calli
their friendships. In lieu of flowers, please make donations
favorite veterans' organization or to the charity of your
A celebration of Robert's life will be held at the
Community Center on Sunday, April 22, at 2 pm. Please come with
story to share and for fellowship with those who loved and will
him. Allen Funeral Home 4155 South Old Highway 37 is handling the
arrangements and online condolences may be sent to the family at