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Obituary for Dr. Robert Douglas Thiltgen

July 4, 1938 - October 5, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 79

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Dr. Robert Douglas Thiltgen, age 79, beloved husband, father, friend and physician passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 5 at the N.E. Baptist hospital ICU.

Born in Bellville, Texas on July 4, 1938, he grew to independence in El Campo, Texas, where his adventurous spirit and fascination with electronics led him to become a ham radio operator, Eagle Scout, and obtain a truck driver's license--all before the age of 17.

He attended Tulane University, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta, and then the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he graduated AOA in 1963. Subsequently, he headed to San Francisco for his medical internship at Southern Pacific Memorial Hospital, where he met the love of his life, Louise Aubin.

They married in 1965 while he completed his residency in otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat) at the University of Michigan. After he joined the Air Force, the couple moved to San Antonio, where Dr. Thiltgen eventually decided to set up his medical practice, working for nearly 40 years as a devoted and innovative ENT doctor and head and neck surgeon.

He was also an avid golfer, hunter, fisherman, and Spurs fan, interests he shared, in whole or in part, with his children and close friends. During the latter years of his life, he devotedly cared for his wife when her health suffered.

He is survived by his wife, Louise E. Thiltgen; his 3 children, Charles (Heather), Elise (Oscar Calvi), and Marc Thiltgen; and his brother, Thomas W. Thiltgen (Nancy); as well as his 8 grandchildren, Catherine and Benjamin Thiltgen, Nicholas, Eric, Daniel, and Austin Calvi, and Marc and Isabelle Thiltgen.

He is predeceased by his parents, Winston Schaber and Helen Lucile Thiltgen as well as his brother, Winston Thiltgen.

Visitation will be on Monday, October 9, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm at Porter Loring on McCullough.

ROSARY
MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2017
6:30 P.M.
PORTER LORING CHAPEL

MASS
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017
2:00 P.M.
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