Robert Leelan Tharp

April 2, 1957 ~ July 28, 2023 (age 66) 66 Years Old


Robert Leelan Tharp, 66, of Bardstown, passed away Friday, July 28th 2023, at his home surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born April 2nd 1957, in Louisville. He was a loyal employee of American Greetings for 35 years and a skilled mason.

He was the most caring and considerate person. He was funny, enjoyed good music, good bourbon, telling family history, having fun and laughing with friends at his beautiful Old Lick Farm in Bradfordsville. Most of all he loved taking care of family and the love of his life, his grandson, Owen Boone.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Shaunty "Jack" Tharp; brother, Boonie Tharp; and beloved dog, Jlo.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Mary Ellen Tharp of Bardstown ; devoted daughter, Hanna (Matthew Dockery) Tharp of Bardstown; grandson, Owen Boone Dockery; mother, Elizabeth "Bettye" Tharp; siblings, Cathy (Kerry) Woolum, Liz (Rick) Morse, Shaunty (Elizabeth) Tharp, Warren Tharp, and Susie (Zach) Blondell; his loving brother and sister-in-laws, Paula McDonald, Lois (Freddy) Carrico, Martin (Connie) McDonald, and David (Sheila) McDonald; several nieces and nephews; valued friends and loving companions Parker and June Bug.

His memorial visitation will be 9 am to 12 pm Saturday August 5th 2023, at Barlow Funeral Home. With a private burial held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Flaget Cancer Center.


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August 5, 2023

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Barlow Funeral Home
2675 E. John Rowan Blvd.
Bardstown, KY 40004


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