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Harold Thompson

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BARTONVILLE - Harold R. Thompson, age 90, of Bartonville died Monday, May 12, 2014, at Cornerstone Rehab in Peoria Heights, Ill.

He was born in Mitchell, S.D., on April 14, 1924, the son of Clyde and Hazel (Beadle) Thompson.

He is survived by his son, Terence (Mary) L. Thompson; five grandchildren, Jeremy Thompson of Denver, Colo., Michael Thompson of Fort Collins, Colo., and Laura, Ruby and David Thompson, all of Peoria; two sisters, Dorothy (Dale) Strand of Mitchell, S.D., and Ardith DeJong of Nebraska City, Neb.; and four brothers, Bill Thompson of Mitchell, S.D., Garry (Pat) Thompson of Riverside, Calif., Chuck (Heidi) Thompson of Spanaway, Wash., and George Thompson of Wilsonville, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Cecilia; one son, Ronald L. Thompson; twin brother, Howard; two sisters, Edith Thompson and Barbara Regan; and five brothers, Willis, James, Jerry, Frederick and Richard Thompson.

He joined the U.S. Navy in World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945. He proudly served on the USS Wedderburn in the South Pacific. He was a life member of the USS Wedderburn Association "Tin Can Sailors" and a life member of the American Legion Post 1115 in Spring Bay, Ill.

Harold was a baker by trade, working for Interstate Brands and small bakeries throughout his life. In 1960, he and his family moved to Peoria, Ill., and he began working for Caterpillar Tractor Company, retiring from Building LL in 1986.

After retirement, Harold volunteered and enjoyed organizing and planting and harvesting the Community Garden at Bel-Wood for the benefit of the nursing home residents.

Cremation rites have been accorded, and a memorial service will take place at Heaven's View Christian Fellowship in Peoria, with interment in Parkview Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made in Harold's memory to Heaven's View Christian Fellowship, 602 W. Richmond Ave., Peoria, IL 61606.

Cremation arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel.

Published in Peoria Journal Star from May 14 to May 15, 2014
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