Creve Coeur - Paul Francis Thompson, 95, of Chenoa passed away at 7:08 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal. He was formerly of Creve Coeur and Morton.
Born March 15, 1919, in Trafalgar, Ind., to Albert and Rachel (Garrison) Thompson, he married Dortha Ellen Sisson on April 30, 1938, in Indianapolis. She died Oct. 9, 2008.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, two granddaughters, three brothers and three sisters.
Surviving are three sons, Nolan Keith Thompson of Lee's Summit, Mo., Leslie Paul (Mary) Thompson of East Peoria and John David (Pattie) Thompson of Creve Coeur; two daughters, Barbara L. Carroll of Springfield, Mo., and Ellen Marie (James) Reimer of Lexington; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
A United States Navy veteran of World War II, he served from March 31, 1944, to Feb. 4, 1946. He attained the rank of seaman first class.
Paul worked as a mechanic at Rossetter Ford in Peoria for 15 years, retiring in March 1980.
He attended Prairieview Mennonite Church in rural Gridley. He was a former member of CrossPoint Church in East Peoria and the Creve Coeur Lions Club.
Paul enjoyed ministering at area nursing homes.
His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 7, 2014, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur. Pastor Tom Pisano will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria, where military rites will be accorded by the United States Navy and the Tazewell Military Rites Team.
Memorial contributions may be given to Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community, 24588 Church St., Chenoa, IL 61726.
To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com.
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