Mr. Thompson retired from Liese Lumber, Belleville, IL, after 30 years of loyal employment. He was a member of the Teamsters Union Retirees and a faithful member of Messiah Lutheran Church. Jim was an avid St. Louis Cardinal’s fan, a former St. Louis Ram’s fan, and a brief St. Louis BattleHawks fan “Ka-Kaw”. In his younger years, he played baseball and softball. He thoroughly enjoyed his summer residence in Charlevoix, MI. Jim was a U. S. Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford L. Thompson; and his mother and stepfather, Evelyn P., nee Vinson, (Charles) Jarvis.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Judy E., nee Knipp, Thompson, whom he married on February 8, 1969;
a daughter, Amy N. Thompson (fiancé, Jeff Ross);
three brothers, Thomas (Shirley) Thompson of Modesto, IL, Ronald Thompson of Swansea, IL, and Jay (Rita) Jarvis of Belleville, IL;
two sisters, Mary (David) Donley of Belleville, IL, and Nancy (Kurt) Rodenmeyer of Illinois;
and nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Linus Blankets of Zion Lutheran Church, to Concordia Seminary, or to Heartland Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, October 8, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines will be followed, including masks and social distancing.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 8, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Pastor Darwin Schrader officiating.
Burial with military honors will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.