Dr. Kenneth E. Thompson of New Wilmington was welcomed into God’s loving and eternal arms on Sunday morning, Oct. 30, 2011, in Paramount Senior Living, Cranberry, Butler County. He was 86.
Dr. Thompson was born May 6, 1924, in Ellwood City to Ralph A. and Helen Byers Thompson.
He was a graduate of Lincoln High School, Ellwood City; Geneva College, Beaver Falls; and the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Surgery.
Dr. Thompson was a retired dentist, having practiced in New Wilmington.
He was a lifelong and avid Pitt Panther fan.
Ken was very proud of his service with the Army’s 75th Infantry Division, serving in the European theater during World War II, and was awarded the Purple Heart, among many other medals.
With equal dedication, he served his Masonic family with love. He was the past worshipful master of Free and Accepted Masons Kedron Lodge 389, West Middlesex; was warrant and past worshipful master of Wilmington Lodge 804; past district deputy grand master of the 26th Masonic District; and was a member of the Committee of Masonic Homes in Elizabethtown, Pa. Ken was a member and instructor of the 26th Masonic District School of Instruction, New Castle Consistory and a member of the Syria Shrine Temple.
For many years, Ken was a member, elder and trustee at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church.
Ken will be terribly missed by his children, who loved and enjoyed him so much, a daughter, Deborah and her husband Larry Housholder, Daugherty Township, Beaver County; and four sons and four daughters-in-law, J.C. “Duke” Thompson and his wife Barb; and Jeffrey Thompson, all Lexington, Ky.; David Thompson and his wife Alicia, Katy, Texas; Ernie Thompson and his wife Lorraine, Fort Pierce, Fla.; and Amy Thompson, Downingtown, Pa.
He is survived by his beloved sister and brother-in-law, Patty and Jim Hinkle, Ellwood City; two sisters-in-law, Rhoda Thompson, Cranberry Township, Butler County; and Donna Thompson, Atlanta, Ga.
Ken is also survived by nine grandchildren, who adored and loved their “Pappy” very much; Kari Housholder McGee and her husband Regan; Julie Thompson Julich and her husband Chris; Joel Thompson and his wife Olivia; Ashley Housholder Hathaway and her husband Josh; Jason Thompson and his wife Christie; Jerrod Thompson; Tara Thompson Thorton and her husband John; and Kabel Thompson and Christopher Thompson; nine great-grandchildren; and many loving and caring nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Hamilton Thompson; four brothers, Glenn, Russ, R. Gerald and Lale Thompson; and a granddaughter, two nieces and a great-niece.
Ken’s wish, if you want to send flowers, was to please send them to someone special in your life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to Disabled American Veterans, Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.
Dr. Kenneth E., 86, New Wilmington.
Calling hours: Family will receive visitors from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (11-2-11) in SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 310 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington, with a Masonic service to follow at 9 p.m. Further visitation will be from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Thursday (11-3-11) in New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, 229 S. Market St., New Wilmington.
Service: Funeral service at 1 p.m. Thursday in the church with the Rev. John Dickey, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, New Brighton, and the Rev. Ralph Hawkins, pastor of New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, officiating.