Robert J. "Bob" Thompson
ATLANTA, IL - Robert J. "Bob" Thompson, 87, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at 5:13 p.m., at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal.
Funeral services for Mr. Thompson will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Eminence Christian Church in rural Atlanta. Dr. LC Sutton will officiate.
Visitation will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta, and for one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Sunday.
Burial will be in the Atlanta Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by Atlanta American Legion Post 341.
Robert James Thompson was born June 14, 1926, in Eminence Township, outside of Atlanta, the son of Ray E. and Ida Crihfield Thompson. He married Kathryn "Kay" Carson on Sept. 6, 1952, at The Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa. She survives.
Bob is survived by his wife; two sons, Doug (LaVerne) Thompson of Atlanta and Brian (Karen) Thompson of Heyworth; one daughter-in-law, Adriana Thompson of Puebla, Mexico; six grandchildren: Janelle (Brett) Hermann of Monticello, Nathan Thompson of Nashville, Tenn., Adam Thompson of Spain; Jason (Sharon) Hogan of California, Michelle (Andy) Baragona of Heyworth, and Kelsey Thompson of Heyworth; one great-granddaughter, Quinn Baragona; and two brothers, William N. (Geraldine) Thompson of Urbana and Ray E. Thompson, Jr. of Galesburg.
Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Mark Thompson; one sister, Mary Mason; and one brother, Samuel Thompson.
Growing up, Bob and his brother, Ray, and their mother would entertain at country schools, singing and playing the banjo and ukulele. Bob graduated from Atlanta High School in 1944 with the rank of class salutatorian. He then served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee until 1946 and was stationed in Okinawa. One Christmas during his service, his mother managed to send him home-cooked chicken in glass jars, which was a source of great pride to Bob. Upon his return, Bob enrolled at the University of Illinois, joined Farmhouse Fraternity and graduated in 1950 with a degree in Agriculture.
Bob was a 75-year member of Eminence Christian Church in rural Atlanta, where he had served as Elder, Deacon, Board Treasurer and Sunday School Superintendent. As a 54-year member of the Atlanta Rotary Club, Bob was a past president and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge #164 A.F. & A.M. in Atlanta for 63 years.
A steadfast civic supporter, Bob served on the Atlanta School Board, was the first president - and last surviving charter member - of the original Olympia School Board, and was a former Atlanta Park Board member. Bob was currently serving on the Atlanta National Bank Board, of which he was a past president, and was the current president of the Eminence Grain and Coal Co. Board. He was a former Boy Scout Leader and Eminence Township Assessor. In the 1950s, Bob taught an agriculture class to veterans from Korea in Hartsburg.
Bob farmed his whole life and was very involved in completing the 2013 harvest. He loved his family, his church and his country with all his heart.
Memorials may be made to Eminence Christian Church in Atlanta or the Atlanta Ladies' Cemetery Association.
Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.