SHANNON – Fred F. “Papa” Thompson, 80, of Shannon, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.
He was born July 26, 1937, in Bogota, Illinois, to Clarence and Alta (Ware) Thompson. Fred married Judi Miller on Nov. 29, 1985, in Ogle County. “I love you to the moon and back.”
He was a member of the Baptist church. Fred graduated from Forreston High School, where he still attended most sporting events. He was an avid sports fan of all Illinois teams (except the Chicago White Sox). He retired as a union carpenter from Sjostrom and drove truck for Rogers Ready Mix, Jeff Bocker, and Carroll Service Co.. He loved landscaping and reading books. He also enjoyed golfing with his favorite Green Bay Packer Fan, Don Schrader, and spending time with other great friends, Chase Giedd and Family, Jeri Taggs, Lori Murphy, and Selwyn.
Fred is survived by his wife, Judi of Shannon; sons, Scott Thompson of Forreston, Stuart (Lisa) Thompson of Byron, Shawn (Marilyn) Smith of Lanark, and Shane (Wendy Beckwith) Smith of New Glarus, Wisconsin; daughters, Sheila Thompson of Sandwich, Sharla Buss of Freeport, and Melanie Hart (Smith) of Kannapolis, North Carolina; sisters, Catherine Higbee, Marjorie Thomas, Freda Hafemann, Vivian Siekfan, and Geneva Duitsman. Fred and Judi were blessed with 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Alta; his brothers, Edward and Vernon; and his sisters, Dorothy, Bertha and Edna.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of life will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 at the home of Shawn Smith, 415 Stephen Drive, Lanark.
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