Frederick Thompson

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Frederick Clarence “Fred” Thompson, 71, of Belleville, IL, born September 7, 1946, in Berwyn, IL, died Thursday, June 7, 2018, at Mercy Rehab Center, Swansea, IL.

Mr. Thompson retired after a long career with the City of Belleville.  He has served as director of the Parks & Recreation Department from 1973 to 1989 and as superintendent of the Street Department from 1989 to 2006.  He also worked as an engineer technician in 2005 and as project manager for re-development.  Fred earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois, and he was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War.  A member of Platoon 145, he had the privilege of serving with Pvt. Don Cobb, an excellent Marine, man, and friend.

Fred was a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral Parish, Belleville, IL.  He enjoyed fishing, writing, and traveling.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Grace M., nee Martin, Thompson; and a sister, Ann Smith.

Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Mary Ann, nee Gintz, Thompson, whom he married on January 13, 1978;
a son, Ryan L. (Jennifer) Thompson  of Belleville, IL;
a daughter, Heather M. (Jared) Lemmons of Oklahoma City, OK;
a son, Eric B. Thompson of Waukegan, IL;
four grandchildren, Skottlynne, Alycia, Amelia, and Vincent;
his father figure, Richard Smith;
his sister, Rita Mae Smith of Kankakee, IL;
many nieces and nephews, along with a great number of family and friends;
and his caretakers, Yalanda Pursley and Jai Smith.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, St. Louis, MO.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2018, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, June 11, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 11, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

Burial with military honors will follow at Elmwood Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.


10 Comments on Frederick Thompson

Holly Sturgeon said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2018 at 10:53 PM

I didn't know Fred well, but I discovered I didn't need to. He was your best pal from the first handshake, a kind and gentle soul with a huge heart. Mary, I think the Irish said it best... "Death leaves a hole no one can heal; love leaves memories no one can steal." My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  • Renton
  • WA
Joe Burns said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2018 at 9:26 PM

Mary: My sincere condolences to you. I first met Fred who heard of my interest in environmental protection. He spent a summer mentoring me on Park management -sharing a book entitled "Anatomy of a Park" His professional dedication in advancing his profession and early support led to my "first job in the field" when I was only 14. As the national program leader for Endangered Species for the US Forest Service in Washington DC, I will honor Fred's mentorship by supporting the next generation of natural resource specialists.

  • Washington
  • D.C.
Laurie Vollmer said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2018 at 5:24 PM

My mom, Liz Knolhoff, was on the Belleville Parks and Recreation Board when Fred was the Director. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Nancy Schulte said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2018 at 2:32 PM

Mary, I am so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Don Cobb said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2018 at 2:47 PM

I first met Fred on June 9, 1964 when a group of teenagers arrived at MCRD San Diego for the purpose of making Marines. Fred was more motivated and dedicated than anyone in the group. After many years, I had the good fortune of "finding" Fred. He was a very good friend and it was always great to see Fred and Mary at the Platoon 145 reunions. Our sincere condolences to Mary and the family. Our prayers are with you. Don and Judy Cobb

  • Bossier City
  • LA Louisiana
Missy Heinze said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2018 at 1:51 PM

I’m glad I got the chance to meet the man his daughter adores. Wishing you all peace and comfort as you reflect on fond memories.

  • Norman
  • OK
John & Marsha Lemmons said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2018 at 4:11 AM

Wishing you peace in this time of grief. Our thoughts & prayers are always with you.

  • Westminster
  • SC
Kathy Range said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2018 at 12:51 AM

There are no words to describe how sorry I am. If you or your family need anything, I am here for you

  • Smithton
  • Il
Gary L Hopfinger said : Guest Report Jun 08, 2018 at 11:02 PM

Mary So sorry to read of Fred's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family in this most difficult time. Cherish the memories.

  • Lake Placid
  • Florida
Mike & Niccy Cook said : Guest Report Jun 08, 2018 at 7:50 PM

Mary, we have no words. You are in our thoughts.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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