James R. "Pete" Thompson, 65, of Bowling Green, Ky., formerly of Trenton, Ill., born April 28, 1941, in Walnut Ridge, Ark., passed away Friday, April 13, 2007, at his residence.
Dad was a proud union auto worker. He went to work for GM in St. Louis until they closed the plant in 1981. He went to Bowling Green and finished out his working years at the Corvette Plant. He had a chance at early retirement if he had 25 years seniority and was 50 by May 1. He turned 50 on April 28th and a few days later he was free to enjoy his land and nature. He loved tinkering in his garage and had a gift for building things. Dad had recently discovered the world of computers, especially Yahoo messenger. He enjoyed being a channel master when we would all be on there talking. He couldn't wait to talk to everyone each day. He was a quiet and gentle man but in our eyes, a larger than life hero. He was our rock and he definitely will leave an incredible void in all our lives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James M. and Fannie B. Thompson; his in-laws, J.B. and Helen Garrett; his only brother, Tom; two sisters, Ethel M. Carter and Nancy E. Richardson; a grandson, Dustin Tyler Oglesby; and brothers-in-law, Wm. T. Carter and Roy W. Richardson.
Left to miss him dearly, his wife, Geri (Garrett) Thompson; Daughters, Sherry (Chris) Thompson of Savannah, Ga., and Kathy (Geoff) Heusohn of Trenton, Ill.; a son, James Wm. (Ellen) Thompson of Bowling Green, Ky.; grandsons, Brandon M. Oglesby of Trenton, Ill., and James Wm. Thompson II of Bowling Green, Ky.; stepgranddaughters, Heather Holman and Chelsie Heusohn; sisters, Phyllis (Wes) Keaton of Hopkinsville, Ky., Martha "Dink" Lungsford of Ventura, Calif., and Molly (Glen) Sedrick of Rockford, Ill.; step-great-grandchildren, Alex Holman and D'Angelique Butts; sisters-in-law, Kathryn Thompson of Radcliff, Ky., aunt Juanita Layton of Dexter, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Dad's final wish was to be cremated and to have his ashes spread onto the land that he loved so much. This was done privately by his wife and children.
My dad chased monsters from the dark. He checked underneath my bed. He could lift me with one arm. Way up over top of his head. He could loosen rusty bolts.
Unsinkable ships sink, Unbreakable walls break, Sometimes the things you think would never happen, happen just like that Unbendable steel bends, if the fury of the wind is unstoppable I've learned to never underestimate the impossible.
We love and miss you more than we can say but you'll forever be in our hearts. Rest in peace dad.
MOSS FUNERAL HOME, Trenton, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2007