Edward M. "ET" Thompson, 65, of 11816 Country Club Road, Waynesboro, died Saturday, April 5, 2014, in his home with his family by his side.
Born April 7, 1948, in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was the son of the late Edward M. Thompson Sr. and Edna M. (Easley) Thompson. He was also raised by his uncle and aunt whom he considered to be parents, the late Clarence and Eleanor Schnur.
He graduated from Butler Area Senior High School, Butler, Pa., with the class of 1966. He later continued his education by attending Butler County Community College, and following his military service, he graduated from Slippery Rock University with a B.S. in Accounting.
ET served with the United States Army from December 1966 until September 1969, serving in the Vietnam war
He and his wife, Joanne C. (Shockey) Thompson, were married on May 26, 2001, in The Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waynesboro.
ET worked for the Department of Defense, starting with Housing and Urban Development, and later worked in security for Letterkenny Army Depot until his retirement in 2003.
He was a member of The Evangelical Lutheran Church, Joe Stickell American Legion Post 15, and William Max McLaughlin VFW
Post 695, all of Waynesboro.
ET was an avid fisherman and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He also enjoyed golf, coin collecting, and old cars, especially Corvettes.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Deborah Thompson and her fiance, Stuart Dougherty of Hagerstown, Md., Denise Swain and her husband, Jeff of Chambersburg, Pa., and Jennifer Johnson and her husband, Dwayne of Greencastle, Pa.; three stepchildren, Kathy Sanders and her husband, Brent of Waynesboro, Jeff Stepler and his wife, Lisa of Waynesboro, and Steven Stepler and his wife, Amy of Waynesboro; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in The Evangelical Lutheran Church, 43 S. Church St., Waynesboro, with Pastor Dennis Beaver and Pastor Drahus Oslik officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening, in Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Lutheran Home Care and Hospice, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, Pa. 17202, or The Children's Cancer Research Fund, 7301 Ohms Lane, Suite 460, Minneapolis, Minn. 55439.
Online condolences may be expressed at:www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com