James R. (Jim) Thompson

January 5, 1929 ~ May 5, 2020 (age 91)


James R. (Jim) Thompson, 91, of Yorktown, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at Yorktown Manor.


Jim was born in Youngstown, OH to the late William J. and Mary Elizabeth (Whalen) Thompson. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in Korea. After being discharged from the Army he enlisted in the Air Force Reserve. Jim married JoAnn E. Howells on August 6, 1952. He retired from Bearings, Inc. in 1995 after 43 years, serving 20 years as the Muncie branch manager.


Jim loved spending time with his family more than anything. He especially enjoyed a week at the lake every summer with his children and grandchildren and his family reunions every July in Youngstown. Jim also enjoyed golfing, crossword puzzles, baseball games, horse races, and reading. Jim was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Elks, and charter member of the Toastmasters Organization.


Jim is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, JoAnn E. (Howells) Thompson; five children, Kathleen Thompson, James Thompson (Deb), William Thompson, Michael Thompson (Tena), and Kelli Thompson; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.


Jim was preceded in death by five brothers, Jack, Bill, Maury, Don, and Al Thompson; and two sister, Mary Elizabeth Wardle and Margaret “Peg” Saunders.


A memorial service to celebrate Jim’s life will be held over the summer and announced at a later date


Memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave, floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.


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