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Frederick Thompson

October 27, 1934 - February 5, 2014

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Frederick Alfred “Joe” Thompson was born October 27, 1934 in Des Arc. He was the son of Alfred and Thelma (nee Amsden) Thompson. He died on February 5, 2014 at his residence in Festus, MO at the age of 79 years. He is survived by his children, Kay (Brian) Bolle, Valles Mines; and Grant (Mistie) Thompson, Ellisville; siblings, Carol Bourgeois, De Soto and Roger Thompson, St. Charles; sister-in-law, Marlis Thompson, Sullivan; sister-in-law, Jean (Sandy) Walker, Kehei, Maui, Hawaii; and brother-in-law, Lloyd Elfrank, O’Fallon; grandchildren, Cheryl (Sgt. Speedy) Gonzales, Jennifer (Rodney) Wallner, Joseph (Brandi) Bolle, Faith Thompson, Gabrielle Thompson, and Zachary Thompson; great-grandchildren, Aubrey Kay, Nadia, Darian, Cheyan, Skylar, McKenzie, and Mallory. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Wilma Delores “Dee” (nee Walker) Thompson; siblings, Ellen Elfrank, Sharon Moore; James Thompson, Michael Thompson, Tom Thompson, and Jerry Thompson. Joe was a finance manager for MFA Insurance which later became Shelter Insurance; he was a Forward Air Controller in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War where he was one of the few American survivors of the Battle for Outpost Harry; he was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Festus, VFW Post #3777, American Legion Post #253, BPOE #1721. He enjoyed bowling and singing. While attending Southeast Missouri State following his military service he was a member of the University Choir and the Cape Chorale which performed at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Most recently he was a member of the First United Methodist Church Praise Band. As an expression of sympathy memorials may be given to the Thelma Thompson Foundation, c/o De Soto Junior High, 731 Amvets Dr., De Soto, MO 63020 or the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 113 Grand Ave., Festus, MO 63028.