The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

April 21, 2014

Harold Levi Thompson

WWII vet was drill press operator at Cooper Energy


- — Harold Levi Thompson, Slippery Rock, Brady Township, Butler County, passed away at 11:09 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the home of his son, H. Scott Thompson, surrounded by family. He was 88.

Mr. Thompson was born on Sept. 27, 1925, in Coaltown, Cherry Township, Butler County, a son of Burton Harold “Tug” Thompson and Sadie Pearl Kelly Thompson.  

He married Dorothy Ruth Sheehan on Feb. 7, 1947. He attended meetings with his wife at the Butler congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She passed away on June 18, 2013.

Harold retired from the former Cooper Bessemer, later known as Cooper Energy, Grove City, where he worked as a machine drill press operator on the erection floor.

A World War II veteran, he served in the Army as a corporal machine gun section leader in the 3rd Infantry, 675th Headquarters Company A, 11th Airborne Division under Gen. Swing from December 1943 to April 1, 1946. During his military service, he trained at various locations, including basic training at Ford Mead, Md., and extensive training at Fort Benning, Ga.

He served in combat duty in the Philippine Islands and Okinawa, Japan. He was one of the first soldiers from Butler County to enter the Japanese mainland following the atomic bombings. He received the Presidential Unit Citation and two campaign stars for battles in Okinawa and the Philippines.

Surviving are: three sons, Kelly S. Thompson and his wife Juanita Lintz Thompson, Slippery Rock; Timothy B. Thompson, Pittsburgh; and H. Scott Thompson and his wife Denise Geyer Thompson, Slippery Rock; a sister, Sylvia “Toppy” and Joe Damiano; seven grandchildren, Amber Marie Thompson, Adrienne Kelley Thompson Devlin, Elizabeth Megan Thompson Mikus, Caleb Levi Thompson, Matthew Raine Thompson, Anna Courtney Thompson, and Micah Trenton Thompson; and six great-grandchildren, Dakota Skye Sadie Lynn, Madison Grace Devlin, Connor Liam Devlin, Aiden James Devlin, Braiden Thomas Devlin, and MacKenzley Ruth Selma Devlin.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, “BJ” Beau James Thompson; a great-grandson, Logan James Scott Devlin; a brother-in-law, Jesse Kelly; and a nephew Terry Kelly.


Harold Levi, 88, Slippery Rock, Brady Township, Butler County.

Calling hours: Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. until time of service Wednesday (4-23-14) in Smith Funeral Home, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock.

Service: 4 p.m. Wednesday (4-23-14) in the funeral home, with Daniel J. Harrington, an elder in the Butler Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, presiding.

Interment: Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut, Butler County.