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James W Thompson, Sr.

James Walter Thompson, 92, of Harlan, IN, passed away Tuesday, May 26th, at Ashton Creek Nursing & Rehabilitation, Fort Wayne.

Jim was born in Harlan on April 12, 1928, a son of the late Florence Ione (Gustin) and Walter James Thompson.

Jim was an industrious and determined farmer, who cherished his family. He loved to winter in Florida with Ruth and enjoyed couples bowling.  He loved the game of golf and was a left handed golfer like Mickelson. He served on the Board of Directors of Allen Dairy for many years and as its Board Chairman.  He was an active member of South Scipio United Brethren Church and the Church Farm.

He will be sadly missed by his children, Diane (Greg) Schneider; Colleen (Mark) Lengacher, James (Connie) Thompson Jr. & Scott (Jamie) Thompson; sisters, Betty Richmond, Bonita Stopher & Pauline Nusbaum; 8 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren  & his German Shepherd, Spud.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; brothers, Charles,Robert, Max & Russell.

Private Services will be held at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, Ohio.

He will be laid to rest at Scipio Cemetery.

Memorials are to South Scipio United Brethren Church, 24990 Antwerp Road, Harlan, IN 46743.

Fond memories may be shared at dooleyfuneralhome.com

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Please forgive the tardiness of the expression of our sympathies, but we just learned of Jim's passing. We are the members of Three Rivers Visiting Dogs who so enjoyed visiting Jim at The Cedars. We delighted in his wonderful smile and how he called to the dogs everytime he saw them, calling, "Oh, come here, poochie poochie!" Visits with Jim always warmed our hearts and we selfishly made a point to gently awaken him the Saturday mornings we were there just so we could chat with him. We have not been able to visit for so very long now, but so cherish the memories we have of our time with Jim. Please accept our deepest sympathies and prayers for strength of spirit and peace of heart.
Jenny and Daphne/Daisy
Cole and Zoe
Lora and Gracie,
Diana and Molly/Lincoln/Haley

Diana Kuebler Jul 7 2020 12:00 AM

Jim and Ruth will always be missed by their Scipio neighbors. They were always kind and friendly. We always enjoyed having a chat with them. During the big blizzard, Jim flagged Jack down on the snowmobile and offered all the milk he could haul away to give to neighbors who might need it.
Our sympathy to all of his great family. We are sorry for your loss.
Jack and Mary Koch

Mary Koch Jun 3 2020 12:00 AM

To the Thompson famiy
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Steve & Nancy Derck Jun 3 2020 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We met him at The Cedars and would often stop to say hello as we did with other residents. He was such a friendly gentleman. We were glad to see Diane, Colleen, Jim and Scott sometimes on our Sunday visits. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. With our sympathy, Terry and Marcia Niccum

Terry and Marcia Niccum May 31 2020 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathies to the Thompson family. We were neighbors for many years out in Scipio. I remember as a kid looking out the living room window and watching Jim on the tractor plowing up the fields. Jim and Ruth were the first ones to get a colored tv and invited us to come to their house to see it. That was a big deal back then. I also remembered when in high school having to walk to Jims house when the car I was in got stuck in the ditch because my boyfriend and I went out in the country to make out. Boy was that embarrassing to ask Jim to get his tractor out to pull us out of the ditch. He said something under his breath about those Burrier girls lol. Prayers to all.

Lisa Burrier Underwood May 29 2020 12:00 AM

George Kurtz is unable to send this message, but I will attempt to share with you what I think he would say. He would remember all the times he shared with Jim, starting at Harlan High School and throughout their adult life farming in the same community. Dad remembers Jim as the best athlete in their class.
Dad would also remember the many trips he and June shared with Jim and Ruth, very fond memories. He would remember many Friday or Saturday evenings, the 4 of them together, sharing a meal at Red Lobster and returning home to play cards or just set and talk. His heart is heavy, as he remembers his good friend Jim. His thoughts and prayers are with the Thompson Family.

kurtzmarla74@gmail.com May 29 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the Thompson Family

Marla Kurtz May 29 2020 12:00 AM

Colleen,Mark and familiar condolences on the passing of your Dad.

Kevin and Jan Richhart May 29 2020 12:00 AM

Diane, Colleen, Jim, and Scott,
You are not the only ones who will never forget your father. What a good man and good example for all of us.
May God Bless His Soul.

Vicki Beerbower May 29 2020 12:00 AM

My thoughts of Uncle Jim, on his tractors, out working in the fields... Beautiful memories of our younger years... Sincere sympathy at the loss of someone so dear...

John and Mary Gunka May 29 2020 12:00 AM

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