Charles F. Thompson

Monday, February 8, 2016

Charles F. Thompson, age 87, of Cassville, Missouri, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2016, in his home.

He was born September 25, 1928, in Cassville, the son of William H. and Lois O. (Hawk) Thompson. On November 17, 1953, he was united in marriage to Ruth Beck, who survives. Also surviving are four daughters, Ruthanne (Jim McGrath) of Independence, Iowa, Charli Jo (Dennis Ledgerwood) of Cassville, Missouri, Becky Hodge of Cassville, Missouri and Wendy (Kevin Miekley) of Exeter, Missouri; six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. He dearly loved and was proud of all his family.

Preceding him in death were one grandson, Dusty Hodge, his parents, sisters Oleta Thompson and Leota Roden, and his beloved younger brother, Lewis.

Charles received his education in Cassville and Butterfield, graduating from Butterfield High School in 1946. He was a true patriot and dearly loved his country, serving in the United States Army from January 1951 through November 1952 during the Korean Conflict. During his enlistment he was stationed in Germany and was able to travel through Europe on leave and on weekends, which began his lifetime love of travel that he later shared with Ruth. He regarded his "Army Buddies" as extended family. A life-long resident of Barry County, he and Ruth owned and operated several businesses together, including Phillips 66 Gas Stations in Cassville and Seligman. They built and opened the Lakeview Trading Post at Eagle Rock, which the family operated for 14 years. He was a founding member of the Eagle Rock-Mano Fire Department, the Eagle Rock Area Association, and served on the Eagle Rock School Board. After moving to Cassville in 1975, they owned Thompson's Dry Goods, operated rental properties, a coin laundry, and bought and remodeled houses for resale, in many instances providing opportunities for home ownership to people who otherwise could not have owned their own home. Charles was a member and past president of the Cassville Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Cassville School Board. He was a life-long dedicated Democrat and a member of the American Legion Post 118 for over 50 years.

He was a member of Cassville First Baptist Church and particularly enjoyed fellowship with members of his Sunday School Class the "Doers of the Word." He and Ruth made multiple trips to Europe, and also visited Thailand, China, Egypt, Russia, and Australia. He loved to celebrate New Year's Eve in Paris.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, February 10, 2016, in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Pastor James Weaver will conduct the services. Burial with military honors will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Tuesday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.

Contributions may be made to Doers of the Word Sunday School Class for special projects or Cassville Branch Library.

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