Robert Gordon Tolman passed away October 10, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born on March 10, 1965 to Gordon H. and Ann Stephens Tolman. Robert’s many opportunities and experiences growing up in Midvale, Utah shaped his personality, his work ethic, and his love of life. Robert graduated from Valley High School in Sandy, Utah. In 2006, Robert met the love of his life Pam and they were married on July 12, 2010.
Robert had a quick wit and an infectious personality, he loved to get people around him to laugh and enjoy life. Robert’s empathy and enthusiasm drew people to him and many became lifelong friends. In 1994, full of excitement and optimism for the possibilities, Robert and his sons moved to Wyoming to start a new life. The life he created brought him intense joy and happiness.
Robert worked in the Auto Body and Paint Industry for more than 40 years. He started out as the body shop clean up helper, moved on to detailing, and all these years later, was the proud owner of R/T’s Auto Collision. Robert was a skilled craftsman and artist. He loved to restore old cars for himself and others. Through the years he turned hundreds of scrapped and rusty shells into beautiful pieces of art. He was most proud of his ‘64 Thunderbird Convertible and loved to drive it around town with Pam.
Robert is survived by his wife and best friend, Pam, his mother Ann, mother-in-law Bonnie Nebeker, and his children Eric Tolman, Michael Tolman, Willard and Ocie Hoopes, Billy and Shanie Hoopes, Terren and Amy Hoopes, Kestina and Heath Noel, and Simantha Stewart, 20 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. Also survived by siblings John and Tami Tolman, Ian and Janet Tolman, Diane and Steve Stockfish, Toni and Rick McCarver, Nicole Fredrickson, Tenna and Robert Merritt, Sherry Nebeker, Clint and Tracy Nebeker, and Lee Nebeker. Robert was preceded in death by his father Gordon, his father-in-law Darrell Nebeker, his grandparents, two grandchildren, and many special aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family expresses their gratitude to Dr. Carter, Dr. Cottam, Dr. Kirk, Dr. Stibor, and the Star Valley Medical Center Staff for your expertise and caring. Thanks also to Bishop Nelson and the members of the Salt River Ward; your support and ministering through these difficult days has been a blessing to our family.
Funeral service will be held Monday October 15, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Salt River LDS Chapel, Papworth Lane County Rd 145, Afton, WY. A viewing will be held on Sunday October 14, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at Schwab Mortuary 44 E. 4th Ave., Afton and Monday from 12-12:45 at the church prior to the service. Interment Fairview Cemetery.