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William H. Thompson Jr.
1940 ~ 2022 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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With grieving hearts, we announce the passing on August 10 of Bill Thompson, a loving husband, wonderful father, and friend to many. Bill was born to Evelyn B. Kimmel and William H. Thompson, Sr. in Johnstown on February 1, 1940. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Samuel Thompson, and granddaughter Nina Hermes, and is survived by his wife Marion B. Thompson, his children Stephanie Thompson (Patrick Hermes), Stefan Thompson (Diane), Samuel Thompson (Misty), and grandchildren Michelle and Simon Hermes, Liam and Lia Thompson, and Ellyanna Thompson, as well as his sisters Linda Schmuck and Kim Thompson (Keith Kern).
Bill served honorably in the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense after graduating from Richland High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, going on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and later retiring from the Army as a Colonel. Pursuing his career ambitions, Bill met and married Marion, a German Fräulein, while stationed in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. They enjoyed nearly 58 years of marriage and were true globetrotters, making their home and many friends in Germany, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Hawaii, and Florida.
Bill was extremely smart and could always be counted on to provide insights and his opinion on any topic being discussed. He dabbled in genealogy and uncovered fascinating information about his German ancestors. In addition, his interests included reading, writing, traveling, and enjoying the great outdoors by running in various races and fishing for trout. Bill was also very active in his church community, taking on numerous roles over the years, including as church historian and lay preacher for the Gideons. He cared deeply for others and was a generous spirit. Bill was happiest when surrounded by family. He loved his family deeply and had his priorities straight… God, family and country. Bill led by example and positively impacted the lives of many.
A memorial service for Bill will be held on Tuesday, August 16 at 4:00 pm at Bethany United Methodist Church, 570 W. Bakersville-Edie Road in Somerset with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.