VeteranJames Thompson

James Norman Thompson, 74, of Pekin, died at 3:15 p.m., Monday, April 26, 1999, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born Aug. 4, 1924, in Bluff Citiy, the son of Hardy Everett and Violet Crable Thompson. He married Irma Mae Neuhaus on Jan. 12, 1952, in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Donald (Kathleen Jo) Denniston of Bloomington, Mrs. Jim (Valerie A.) Perley of Olympia, Wash., and Mrs. Christopher (Cynthia L. “Cindy”) Sloan of Fort Worth, Texas; four grandchildren, Adam R. Denniston of Bloomington, Erin K. Perley of Olympia, Wash., Jesse W. Sloan and Elizabeth M. Sloan, both of Fort Worth, Texas; three sisters, Mrs. Leo (Eva) Curless and Mrs. Albert (Evelyn) Coil, both of Browning, and Mrs. Russell (Alice) Herzog of Anaheim Hills, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A WWII Navy veteran, he also was a Korean War Army veteran attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. He worked for Keystone Steel and Wire Company in Bartonville for 21-1/2 years, retiring Jan. 1, 1990, as a machine operator in the nail department. He was a member of First Assembly of God in Pekin, where he started and oversaw the Ignite Ministries and was an usher. He also was a member of the Men’s Ministries and the Sunshiner’s Group, both of the church.

Services were held Friday, April 30, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel with Rev. Duane D. Moraine officiating. Burial was in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Family Life Center building fund of First Assembly of God, 1209 North Parkway Drive, Pekin, IL 61554.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/5/1999


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