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Submitted by Richard & Lois Wetzell


In Memory of Harry E. Thompson

Date of Birth: August 16, 1925

Date of Death: December 13, 1996

Services: Garland Funeral Home, Tampico, IL

Monday, December 16, 1996 – 10:00 a.m.

Clergy: Rev. Kris Johnson

Organist: Elizabeth Peterson

Soloist: Chuck Heffelfinger

Pallbearers: David Donnelly, Charles Heffelfinger, Chuck Brokaw, Wayne Shaulis, James Lynch, Alan Thompson

Interment: Tampico Memorial Cemetery



Mr. Harry E. Thompson, age 71, of 305 E. 7th Street, Rock Falls, Illinois, died suddenly Friday, December 16 at 10 a.m. in the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico, with Rev. Kris Johnson, pastor of the Tampico Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 5-8 p.m. in the funeral home. Gravesdie military rites will be accorded by Walnut American Legion Post 179. A memorial will be accorded by Walnut American Legion 179. A memorial has been established in his memory.


Mr. Thompson was born on August 16, 1925 in Tampico, Illinois, the son of George and Gladys Burns Thompson. He was united in marriag to Helen Hays on January 18, 1947 at Ashton, Illinois. He farmed in the Tampico area for 45 years and then was employed by Cobane Air Freight in Rock Falls until the time of his death. He served in the U. S. Marine Corps during W. W. II in Iwo Jima with the 5th Marine Division.


He was an avid fast pitch softball player and was on a team that finished second in the world tournament in 1953. He also enjoyed  bowling an was a graduate of Franklin Grove High School..


He is survived by his wife, Helen of Rock Falls; his mother, Gladys Thompson of Sterling, Illinois, one son, Al (Janis) Thompson of Deer Grove, Illinois; four daughters, Mrs. Bill (Deb) VanLanduit of Tampico, Illinois, Laura Thompson of Rock Falls, Illinois, Mrs. Chuck (Georgia Gladys) Heffelfinger of Monroe, Wisconsin, and Mrs. Joe (Pati) Lynch of Forreston, Illinois; eleven grandchildren; four great=grandchildren; one sister, Arlene Garland of Orlando, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his father and one daughter in infancy.



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