Thursday, June 4, 2009

Howard G. Thompson, Sr., 84, of Shell Knob, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2009, in Red Rose Health and Rehab, Cassville.

He was born April 3, 1925, to Earl and Lola Thompson in Osborn. After graduating from Maysville High School, he served two years in the Army and Navy. Upon discharge, he attended University of Missouri at Columbia, graduating in June 1950 with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural engineering. He worked at Massey-Ferguson, Inc., starting as a draftsman and retired, after 30 years, as world wide project tillage engineer. His travels included trips to Argentina, France, Germany, Romania, England, Australia and two trips to China.

In 1952, he married Catherine Heartwell in Detroit, Mich.

Survivors include: his wife and four children, Howard, Jr. and wife, Robin, Nancy, Susan and Linda and husband, Daniel Naughton. His oldest daughter, Patricia, passed in 2003. He has five grandchildren.

After retirement to Shell Knob, he was a member of the Lions Club and was road commissioner for 10 years. As a member of the Central Community United Methodist Church, he was head usher for 12 years and a member of American Legion Post 118 in Cassville. He was a licensed professional engineer in California and member of ASAE (American Society of Agricultural Engineers) for 52 years.

Funeral services were held Saturday in Central Community United Methodist Church, Shell Knob. Rev. Dean Wilson conducted the services.

Burial was at 1 p.m. Monday at Ridgeville Cemetery, Amity.

Contributions may be made to the Central Community United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund in his memory.

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