According to his obituary, Thobe is survived by his wife, Erica (Albers) and three children: Aubrey, 17; Kinsey, 15; and Gavin, 12.
Thobe was a Dayton co-captain and All-Pioneer League first-team selection. His coach, Mike Kelly, praised him in August.
“He’s as good of an athlete as I ever had,” Kelly said. “Oh Lordy, he was just an outstanding competitor. He could have played multiple positions for us.”
Thobe was a standout athlete at Marion Local before he went to UD. The community supported him throughout his college career. A group of 458 people traveled to see him play a game against Butler in his senior year in 1993.
"I'm also proud everybody's going to be here, even though it puts a little more pressure on me,” Thobe said then. “I don't mean to brag, but they know me up there. That's the way it is in a small town. Good or bad, everybody knows everybody else."
In his coaching career, Thobe spent 14 years at Vandalia Butler, including five as a head coach (2004-08). He also coached at Fort Loramie and spent the last five seasons on the staff at Marion Local.
Here is information on Thobe’s funeral from his obituary:
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at St. John Catholic Church, Maria Stein. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 6, and from 9 to 9:45 AM on Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater. Memorials may be made to his children’s education fund.