GEORGE A. "CORKY" THOMPSON George A. "Corky" Thompson, Chico native, was born April 12, 1928 to Eugene and Agnes Thompson. George made his transition to peace, after many years struggling with Parkinson Disease, on April 21, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine June Thompson, sons Stephen (Kym), Stan (Lauri); four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and his brother, Bill Thompson of Dayton. Corky graduated from Chico High School in 1946, and in the same year married his high school sweetheart, June Moore. They have celebrated 66 years together. While owning and operating Bestway Painters from 1949 to 1991, Corky was a devout community servant. Corky served 4 years on the City of Chico Planning Commission and was a past President of the Valley Contractors Exchange. He was a former member of the Native Sons, Chico Elks Lodge, and Honorary Member of the Butte County Sheriff Department. Corky was a member of the Chico Rotary Club for over 30 years and was awarded the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. As a business man and contractor for many years, Corky was a man of honesty and integrity who conducted large business deals on a handshake, some even written on a napkin over coffee. His entrepreneurial spirit was also evident in his ventures as an owner of a FBO Flight Center, a motel, restaurant, and a developer of commercial and residential properties. Corky was a private pilot for over 45 years and his hobbies of hunting and fishing gave him the opportunity to fly to many places to enjoy those activities. He and June owned property in the "Big Sky Country" of Montana for many years. He enjoyed with his family and friends their summer home at Lake Almanor. They traveled the world extensively on Rotary International excursions, and with family and friends to many different countries. Corky was perhaps best known for his storytelling, his humor, and his adventuresome nature. Many of his journeys were captured in his self published autobiography, Trophy Buck. His many friends and acquaintances who wanted a copy of the book were presented one personally at no cost if they made a donation to the Boy Scouts of America. As a Scout leader for many years, Corky was honored by his scouts to be inducted as a Scoutmaster into the Order of the Arrow and was the recipient of the BSA Silver Beaver Award. George was nicknamed Corky as a small child, and many who knew him for years never new his given name as George. His charisma and warm heart will be truly missed. By his request, no funeral or memorial services will be held at this time. Corky would say, "Don't spend time on me. Go fishing, or do something fun!!" Those wishing to make a charitable donation in Corky's honor, please consider the Boy Scouts of America for Camp Lassen Alumni Project, or the Cystic Fibrosis Research Institute (CFRI). Please send contributions through Newton Bracewell Funeral Home at 680 Camellia Way, Chico, CA 95926. You may share your thoughts and memories of "Corky" online at NewtonBracewell.com
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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Apr. 30, 2013