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John J. Thompson Obituary
John J. Thompson Loss of Another American Hero. John Joseph Thompson Born March 25, 1925, in Detroit, Michigan. He moved to the small town of Dexter, Michigan at the age of five and grew up in the house his father was born in. He was a product of the depression but said he never felt poor because everyone else was as poor as he was. He graduated from Dexter High School at the age of 17 and immediately enlisted in the Army Air Corps. His desire was to serve his country in World War II as a pilot. He passed all of the appropriate exams and was told to return when he was 18. After all of the appropriate training he was certified as a pilot and was sent to England as a B-17 pilot at the ripe old age of 19. After six missions over Berlin his plane was shot down and he was forced to bail out. He spent the remainder of the war as a guest of the Fuehrer and spent his 20th birthday in solitary confinement before being transferred to Stalag Luft One as a prisoner of war. He continued to serve his country faithfully for over 20 years, including a tour in Vietnam. Last year he began sharing his living history with the school children in the Lake Travis area. He was amazed at the knowledge of the fourth and fifth graders, and was surprised by the depth of their questions. He was saddened when his health prevented him from continuing his presentations. We are so thankful that he chronicled his experiences for his descendants. John loved his Savior, his family and his country, and he leaves a legacy of honor and faithfulness. He was preceded in death by his parents John C. Thompson and Mary Jane Thompson, his brothers William and James Thompson, his sister Mary Jane Thompson, and his son Thomas Smatana. He lost the love of his life after 57 years of marriage just six days before his death on November 26, 2012. Although his death certificate may state cause of death as cancer, those who loved him know it was really a broken heart. We are so happy that they were reunited in such a short time. He is survived by his daughter Cheryl Robinson and husband Jimmy. He was the proud grandfather of five grandchildren Rachel Morelli and husband Thomas, Kimberly Walker and husband Tony, Thomas Johnson and and wife Erin, Randy Robinson and wife Marcie, Rodney Robinson and wife Jackie. He had 13 great grandchildren, Stephanie, Brandon, Jordan, Travis, Corey, Katie, Jacob, Emma, Thomas, Simon, Ronan, Preston, and Sophia. He had six great great grandchildren Mason, Carson, Madison, Matthew, Reece, and Lillie. The funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Austin with family receiving friends at 1pm. A graveside service will follow with full, military honors at Live Oak Cemetery. The family would like to express their thanks to his caregiver angels Sarahy, Eva, and Mattie and the wonderful people at Hospice-Austin, with a special thanks to Kim Miller who brought him so much joy and peace in his final days.


Published in Austin American-Statesman on Dec. 4, 2012
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