Born Oct. 11, 1932, in Rockford, Ill., he was the son of Fred and Melba Abbott Swartz Thompson. His first marriage was in 1954 to Lola Faye Layne, who preceded him in death in 1976. He married Susan Gualdoni in 1977 and she survives.
Mr. Thompson retired in 1994 from Johnston City Unit 1 school district where he was employed as a custodian.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, he served during the Korean War.
Also surviving are four daughters, Rhonda Rowe (husband Des) of Rockford, Ill., Diane Thompson of Johnson City, Ill., Janice Smith of Energy, Ill. and Brenda Garrison (husband; Brian) of Delphi; three sons, Randy Ferrel (wife: Paula) of Huntington, W. Va., Kenny Thompson (wife: Beverly) of Herrin, Ill. and David Thompson (fiancé: Bethany) of Cannon Falls, Minn.; a sister, Jean Clausen of Florrisant, Mo.; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Services were held Friday in Johnston City.