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BENSON - Rodney V. Thompson, 90, of Benson, Ill., passed away and went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, March 8, 2013, at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.

He was born on Aug. 22, 1922, in Normal, Ill., to Carl and Fanny Vigars Thompson. He married Ruth Ford on Nov. 30, 1946, in Yuma, Ariz. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Cynthia (James) Pratt of Washington, Ill.; two sons, Steven (Teresa) Thompson of Benson and Kevin Thompson of Morton; four grandchildren, Rebekah (Shawn) Hayes, Joshua (fiancee, Phyllis Arista) Thompson, Christin (Stephen) O'Bryan and Cathryn Pratt; and one great-granddaughter, Abigail Marie Hayes.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, James Thompson Sr.

An Army veteran, Rodney served his country in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was stationed in Pearl Harbor at Wheeler Field in Oahu when the Japanese attacked. During the war he served as a sergeant in the 431st Fighter Squadron in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He served from Oct. 28, 1940, to Oct. 26, 1944, ending his service in New Guinea.

He was a member of the Benson American Legion Post No. 454 and the Disabled American Veterans.

Rodney worked for the Farmer's State Bank in Benson for 25 years.

He was a member of the Benson Baptist Church, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Pastor Brian Trennepohl will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2013, at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke. Burial, with military rites, will be in Clayton Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Benson Baptist Church, the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke or to the Benson Ambulance Service.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at knappjohnsonharris.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 10, 2013
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