Robert Lee Thaxton, 91, of Springfield Masonic Community, formerly of Troy and Celina, passed away peacefully, Monday, October 7, 2013. He was born April 20, 1922 in McKees Rocks, PA. He was the son of Roma Marcus Thaxton and Mary Emma Stoner Thaxton. On March 10, 1944 he married Marie Messer for 67 years, who preceded him in death June 12, 2011.
He is survived by one son, Robert Michael Thaxton (Debbie) Florida, three daughters Jackie Fessler, Columbus, Vikki Brandenburg (Tom) Troy, Patsy Kerber(Ron)Sidney. One brother Russell Thaxton of Troy, one sister Ruth Buirley of Casstown, 11 Grandchildren and 20 Great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister Virginia Mason, Oklahoma.
He was a WW II US Navy Veteran serving 10/10/42-10-5-47, on USS Lamprey Submarine and USS Dentuda Submarine. He was a life member of V. F. W. Post 5436 and had participated in a 2011 Honor Flight to see the WW II Memorial.
They owned and operated Troy Dry Cleaners and Shur-Way Carpet Cleaners. He worked as a maintenance Supervisor at Ponderosa Headquarters, Machine Operator at Gummed Products and Boiler Operator at Troy Sunshade Co.
In his retirement years, he loved fishing and spending time with family and friends.
Private family graveside services will be at Casstown Cemetery with Rev. Brian Farr officiating, Troy Masons and Troy V.F.W 5436, 21 Gun Salute.