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Hugh R. Thompson

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Thompson, Hugh R. Age 73. Born January 16, 1938, in Milwaukee. Hugh suffered a traumatic brain injury, slipped into a coma and was born into Eternal Life October 9, 2011. Beloved husband of Beverly (nee Leininger). Preceded in death by parents Ray and Florence. Loving father of Hugh Jr. (Marcia), Kathleen (Christopher) Budny and Julie Rolland. Grandfather of Katie, Ryan, Alison, Patrick, Colleen, Natalie, Maggie, Carrie and Ian. Loved by an extended family that includes the late Barbara Anderson, John (Crystal) Leininger, Jim (Audrey) Leininger, Jerry (Diane) Leininger, Bonnie (the late Jay) Brukman, Betty (Don) McCauley, Becie (Jim) Jones, Becky (John) Perdue, Beth (Paul) Smith and Brenda (Doug) Hoadley. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous dear and special friends. Hugh and his father are members of Wisconsin's Old-Timer Baseball Hall of Fame and he was a two sport star at Don Bosco High School. He is also enshrined in UW-Milwaukee's Athletic Hall of Fame for his baseball and basketball prowess. After serving in the National Guard, Hugh joined the Milwaukee Police Department where he served a distinguished 33 year career as a patrolman and detective. Always the competitor, Hugh will be remembered as a nationally ranked handball player, and fostered many friendships through his ongoing love of the game. Hugh was respected in Milwaukee's legal community as he continued his career as a successful private investigator. Hugh touched the lives of many with his gregarious charm, kindness and quick smile that will be missed by all. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, October 13, at 5:30 PM, at ST. DOMINIC CATHOLIC CHURCH, 18255 W. Capitol Drive. A celebration of Hugh's life will follow Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Luther Manor or St. Dominic Catholic Church. Special thanks to the nurses Julie, Brenda, Mary and Dena for their compassionate care in Froedtert's NICU.

Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Oct. 11, 2011
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