Richard Eugene Thompson, 74, died Sunday, May 11, 2008, in Stein Hospice Care Center after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Richard was born Nov. 1, 1933, in Bellevue. A 1952 graduate of Sandusky High School, he served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was employed for 36 years at Capitol Aluminum and Glass Corporation, Bellevue, retiring as vice president of sales in 1997. He continued to serve on the board of directors until his death. He was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and served at various times as president of church Council, and as a member of both the building and property committees and the stewardship and finance committees. He had also been a lector, usher, Sunday school teacher, and Cubmaster of the church's Cub Pack 44.
He was a life member of Sandusky Jaycees, serving the organization in various capacities including ticket chairman for the Miss Ohio Pageant. He was also a life member of Elks Lodge 285 and AMVETS Post 17 and a member of American Legion and the Sandusky Yacht Club.
He enjoyed golf, playing in the Elk's Golf League, YMCA Senior Men's Golf League and the Chamber of Commerce Golf League.
Surviving are his wife, Jean, whom he married June 20, 1953; a daughter, Patricia (David) Volz of Sandusky; a son, David Thompson of Fort Meyers Beach Fla.; three grandchildren, Clare Volz, Chrissy Thompson and Cory Thompson, all of Sandusky; a sister, Anita (Mike) Sheehan of Holland N.Y.; a brother, Byron (Pat) Thompson of Cannon Beach, Ore.; and an uncle and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Byron and Clara (Wagner) Thompson.
Friends may call 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, and also from 10 a.m. Thursday until funeral services at 11 a.m. in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2211 Mills St., Sandusky. The Rev. Gary Ulrich will officiate. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2211 Mills St., Sandusky, or to the American Lung Association, 226 Ohio 61, Norwalk.
Condolences may be made at grofffuneralhomes.com.