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1921 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
WILLIAM THOMPSON William Ewing "Bill" Thompson passed away peacefully the afternoon of Sunday, November 26, 2017, in his home, in Las Vegas, at the age of 96. He was born July 17, 1921, to Myrtle and Ed Thompson, in Albany, Missouri. Bill lived with his family in Atchison, Kansas, and in St. Joseph, Missouri. As a member of the National Guard, he was called to the U.S. Army in 1939 to serve in World War II, was hospitalized in El Paso in 1941 and honorably discharged in 1942. He married Annabelle "Ann" Marshall in 1944 and they resided in St. Joseph until 1976. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann; his parents; three brothers; and three sisters. Bill is survived by his daughter, Carol Ann Coffman of Las Vegas; son and daughter-in-law, Gary William Thompson and Johnnie; daughter-in-law, Johnnie Thompson of Houston, Texas; as well as three grandchildren, William Seth Thompson (Dana), Aaron D. Coffman, his wife, Amanda, and their daughter, Jenna, and Brian A. Coffman, his wife, Robyn, their daughter, Meadow, and son, Jackson. After working as a printer for more than 30 years, Bill retired and he and Ann relocated to Las Vegas in 1976, where he was an excellent and well-respected Poker player through October of this year. He also enjoyed and excelled at home games with family and friends. His numerous other talents included piloting his own small plane, being an accomplished bowler and creating art masterpieces (clay sculptures, oil paintings, and painted tee shirts), but most of all, bringing joy to others. He was a caring, gentle man whose sense of humor was ever-present and contagious. All who knew him were inspired to be better people. He will be greatly missed. Cremation and services will be performed at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 29, at La Paloma Funeral Servivces, 5250 Stephanie St., in Henderson. A second memorial service may be planned for later in St. Joseph, Missouri.
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