Charles (Chuck) Edward Thompson
Sept 19, 1929 - Nov 28, 2013
Charles (Chuck) Edward Thompson (84), beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away on November 28, 2013 at home in Patterson, CA. Chuck was born on September 19, 1929 in Wetumpka, Alabama, the only child of Mary Lois Speer Thompson. After graduating in June, 1947 from Athens High School in Athens, Louisiana, Chuck served in the United States Air Force from July, 1947 thru May, 1950 when he was honorably discharged.
Charles Thompson married Martha Jean Weaver on June 3, 1950. Chuck and Martha lived in Richmond, CA until they moved to Concord in 1953 while he worked in automobile sales. In 1965, the family moved to Patterson, CA when Chuck purchased the Chevrolet dealership which became Thompson Chevrolet Buick GMC where he worked until his retirement in 2008. Today, his son, Bruce, carries on his father's legacy in the car business. Throughout Chuck's career, he was an avid and generous supporter of many community activities, in particular Patterson High School athletics. For many years, Chuck served as the announcer for the Apricot Fiesta parade and Patterson Redskins Football games.
Chuck leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, Martha, and his three children and their families. Teresa Draper (Paul) and their children Derek (Lena) and Janae DeRose (David) and their son, Braden Charles DeRose; Deborah Fantazia (Don) and their children Stacey and Katie; Bruce Thompson (Jill) and their children, Laura and Jake. Chuck was predeceased by his mother Mary Lois in 2005.
Chuck was a member of Kiwanis International, the Masonic Lodge and The Scottish Rite as well as a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and Rotary International.
Chuck's true passion in life was flying. He earned his pilot's license in the early '50s and flew continuously until age 77. He accumulated thousands of hours of flight time and owned many airplanes as he and Martha flew all over the United States on business and pleasure.
When not flying, Chuck indulged his passion for speed by sponsoring numerous race cars and drivers as well as riding his motorcycle.
The family wishes to thank caregivers Irma Guzman, Mona Khan and Brianna Meyers and Community Hospice for their care and support.
A visitation will be held at Hillview Chapel (450 W. Las Palmas Ave.) in Patterson, CA on Wednesday, December 4th from 5-7pm. Funeral service will be held Thursday, December 5th at 10am at Hillview Chapel. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to PRIDE (Patterson Recognizing Individuals Determined to Excel - P.O. Box 1543, Patterson, CA 95363) or Community Hospice Foundation (4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356-9259).
Services conducted by Hillview Funeral Chapel, Patterson.
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450 W LAS PALMAS AVE PATTERSON, CA 95363-2542
Published in the Modesto Bee from Dec. 3 to Dec. 4, 2013