Charles Digby (Chuck) Thompson Jr.
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POCATELLO - Charles Digby (Chuck) Thompson Jr., 86, of Pocatello, passed away peacefully, with family at his bedside, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Pocatello, on August 9, 2012.
He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 50 years, Margaret (Peg) Hendrickson Thompson in 2002.
Chuck was born in Elgin, Illinois, on January 12, 1926, to Charles D. and Marian (Springer) Thompson and spent his childhood in Gilberts and Dundee, Ill. Chuck had one sister, Caryl Thompson Juhre, who passed away several years ago. Upon graduation from high school, Chuck attended what was at the time, Northern Illinois State Teachers College and subsequently joined the Navy to serve during World War II. He was sent to the University of South Carolina for Officer Candidate School. Chuck spent the majority of his time on active duty in the Pacific Theater aboard the USS Leon. He spent 20 years in the Naval Reserve and retired from the Navy with the Rank of lieutenant commander.
Chuck finished college at the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism and was hired into the advertising department at Sears Roebuck and Co., in Chicago, to write copy for the Sears catalog. He spent his career at Sears in a variety of positions, taking an early retirement while he was the exterior paint buyer.
Not willing to "really" retire, Chuck and Peg purchased two Tinderbox franchises and moved to San Jose, Calif., in 1981. They sold the businesses in 1994, and moved to Pocatello, Idaho.
In Pocatello, both Peg and Chuck worked for McDonald's, became active in the community and the First Presbyterian Church. They also traveled extensively to visit family and friends in their RV.
Chuck enjoyed listening to and performing many kinds of music. He played in the bell choir at church for many years and as a young man, even performed in a barbershop quartet.
He is survived by his three children, Tracey, Doug and Chris; and grandchildren, Ryan and Darcy Ball (Tracey), Cody and Griffin Thompson (Chris and Janet), Courtland Thompson and Chris Cendana and his children, Devun and Annalise (Doug and Lynne).
Chuck will be remembered for his sense of humor, his way with words and his volunteer spirit. He always said that he "wanted to be useful."
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Pocatello on October 6, 2012, at 2 p.m., followed by a reception in celebration of the life of Chuck Thompson in the fellowship hall of the church.
Friends who wish may send donations in Chuck's memory to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial and Endowment Fund, 202 South Seventh Ave., Pocatello, Idaho 83201, or to the
"Race for the Cure". Arrangements are under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home, (208) 233-0686.
Published in Idaho State Journal from Oct. 3 to Oct. 5, 2012