Evard Thompson, 87
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Evard E. Thompson, 87, of Winchester, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014 at his residence.
He was born July 22, 1926 in Wayne County to the late Lanson H. and Opal L. (Johnson) Thompson. He was a 1944 graduate of Winchester High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, from 1944 to 1946. He got the opportunity later in his life to take a World War II Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Evard was a member of Main St. Christian Church where he was active and a past Elder Emeritus. He had been an agent for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. for 32 years and had worked at Peoples Loan and Trust for eight years. He was a past Randolph County treasurer for 12 years and was Winchester City Court Judge for 12 years.
Evard was very active in the Randolph County YMCA and used to coach Little League and church softball teams. He was a 17-year member of the Winchester Lions Club. He enjoyed singing in the church choir and also sang in the Randolph County Choral Society. He loved fishing, playing cards and watching all kinds of sports on TV. He had a passion for ping pong, golf and basketball.
Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia S. Schlenker (special friend, Joe Burrows) of Winchester and Deborah A. (husband Mel) Ritsema of Chicago, Ill.; seven grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Pearl Thompson of Winchester; and a special friend, Millie Reed of Winchester.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 65 years, Pat (Burris) Thompson; a son, Jeffrey Thompson; two brothers, Nolan C. Thompson and Ivan S. Thompson; and a sister, Esther E. Jeffers.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Walker Funeral Home, Winchester, with The Rev. Cecil Cook officiating. Burial will follow at Fountain Park Cemetery, Winchester, with military rites conducted by the Randolph County Honor Guard.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.walkerswinchester.com.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Main Street Christian Church Building Fund, 220 S. Main St., Winchester, IN 47394.
Walker Funeral Home
248 E South St
Winchester, IN 47394
Published in the Winchester News-Gazette on May 6, 2014