Milton Thompson

Milton Thompson

Milton Brice Thompson passed away on October 29, 2013.

He was born at the Old Burge Hospital in Springfield, Missouri on March 8, 1927. He was the second son of George M. Thompson and Wilma Smith Thompson.

Milt was preceded in death by his parents and his brother George M. Thompson, Jr. and his wife Suzanne.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Patsy R. Thompson; his two nephews and their wives, George M. Thompson III and wife Lyn and Lynn H. Thompson and wife Karen; first cousin Dorothy "Dottems" Dillard; great nephews Miles Thompson (George M. Thompson IV); great niece Emily and her husband Drew; Tyler Thompson; and Troy Thompson, Derek Lowrance and wife Mary (great step-nephew), and Alex Thompson.

Also surviving Milt are his step son Jeffery Moore and his wife Kim; Patsy's brothers, Tom (Monika), Joe (Irene); sister Norma Joyce Lester (Fred) and their children and grandchildren.

Milt spent all of his life (with the exception of two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict from 1950-1952) in the city he loved so much, Springfield, Missouri.

He attended Greenwood School through the 9th grade and then transferred to Springfield Senior High School where he proudly played for a Bob Vanatta coached basketball team in his senior year. The team won 30 games. One of their three losses was in the 1945 Missouri State finals here in Springfield. After high school Milt attended Drury University where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. In the spring of his freshmen year, his brother (who was a fine golfer) had just returned home from World War II Army duty to complete his senior year at Drury. He talked Milt into trying out for the golf team. Milt was not much of a golfer, but played well enough to make the Drury team. He subsequently lettered all four years and acquired a lifelong love for the game. He was proud of the fact that he made the local Horton Smith Cup Team 11 out of the 12 years he tried out for it. He was also proud of the fact that he and George were the only brothers to win the club championship at Hickory Hills Country Club where they were members. Milt Thompson joined the family's automobile dealership business upon his discharge from the Army. He always said that he eventually promoted himself to the position of "Chairman of the Board" which he held until his retirement.

In later years, Milt and Patsy traveled all over the US to major golf tournaments and really enjoyed their experiences. Milt was also a proud member of First and Calvary Presbyterian Church in Springfield. He was known and loved by many and will be sadly missed by those whose lives he touched.

The viewing will be held from 4:30pm until 8:00pm at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home on Friday, November 1, 2013. The funeral will be on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 4:00pm in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to K.G. Wells Junior Academy for Kids P.O. Box 10826, 65808 or the .

Funeral Home

Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
1947 E. Seminole Springfield, MO 65804

Published in the News-Leader from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2013