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Charles W. Thompson

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Charles W. Thompson Obituary
Charles William "Bill/Champ" Thompson, 78, of Blairsville, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018, surrounded by family, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe. He was born March 20, 1940, in Blairsville, to Wayne Gaskill Thompson and Jane (Smay) Thompson. Bill attended Blairsville Senior High School, where he graduated in 1958. He went on to receive a math degree at St. Vincent College and an electrical engineering degree from Penn State University in 1963. He was also a member of the football and baseball teams at St. Vincent College.Bill spent his entire professional career at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation, where he retired in 1998. He was also a member of B.P.O.E. No. 406 Blairsville. He was a member of the "Blairsville Chain Gang" that worked the IUP football sidelines for 36 years. He was an avid sports fan and loved nothing more than traveling to watch his grandkids play. Bill also remained a devoted catholic, committed to his faith, throughout the course of his life. He was a member of St. Martin Parish in New Derry. He is survived by his wife, Lois (Barclay) Thompson, with whom he would have celebrated 56 years of marriage this June; five children, two sons, Bill (Dana) Thompson, of Indiana, and Bob (Laura) Thompson, of Blairsville; three daughters, Lisa (Rich) Barent, of Valencia, Lori (Wes) Sharp, of Homer City, and Linda (Brian) Christopher, of North Huntingdon; five siblings, Ronald Thompson, of Orlando, Fla., Jane Dallara, of Safety Harbor, Fla., Tom Thompson, of Sunbury, Ohio, Terrie Love, of Creighton, and Chris Winters, of Freeport. He is also survived by 11grandchildren, Kelsey and Sean Thompson, of Indiana, Bobby and Scott Thompson, of Blairsville, Caroline and Emily Barent, of Valencia, Teagan and Justley Sharp, of Homer City, and Max, Owen and Ava Christopher, of North Huntingdon. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Wayne.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME INC., 49 N. Walnut St., Blairsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at St. Martin Roman Catholic Church, New Derry. Interment will be in Blairsville Cemetery, Blairsville.
Charitable donations can be made in the name of Charles William Thompson to , www.stjude.org., or Catholic Charities, 711 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, PA 15601. To view the online obituary, sign the guest registry or send condolences, visit www.shoemakerfh-monuments.com.
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on June 11, 2018
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