Merced Sun Star
June 13, 2008
 
 
Jim Thompson, born July 6, 1925 to Lloyd and Margaret Thompson in San Diego, California, entered Heaven's gate on
June 3, 2008. While there was great rejoicing in Heaven that day, those left behind are deeply saddened at this sudden loss.
Jim was a wonderful son, husband, father, grandpa, and a friend to everyone!


Jim graduated from Sutherlin High School in Oregon, and entered the Army Air Corps, serving in World War II. Later, he moved to California to join his father in the building industry. In 1956, he obtained his contractor's license, later becoming a Merced County Building Inspector, while also farming the family's “grape-nuts” ranch along the Merced River.


While serving on the Cressey School Board, he met a new teacher, Wilma Runner, and knew she was something very special. He “promoted” her from teacher to wife, and together they had a wonderful life raising their three children, traveling, fishing, and enjoying everyone he met. He truly had the gift of making people feel comfortable.


Jim was a World War II veteran, Cressey Volunteer Fireman for over 20 years, Board Trustee for Cressey and Ballico-Cressey School Districts, Calvin Crest Conferences board member, Delhi Presbyterian Church Elder, Little League Baseball Coach, and so very much more. He served wherever he was and loved every minute of it.


Spending time with his family was always a highlight for Jim. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 53 years, Wilma, his three children, Paul Thompson and wife Nora, Beth Feaver and husband Tom, and Peggy Hooper and husband Jack. His six grandchildren, Jenny Thompson, Travis and Greg Feaver, and Jordan, Jonna and Joel Hooper were the apples of his eye, along with step-grandson, DeWayne Larsen and they will miss him greatly as well. Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Margaret Thompson and his sister, Jacqueline Reynolds.

A special celebration of Jim's life will be held on Father's Day, June 15, at the Delhi Presbyterian Church at 11:15 a.m. Jim will be interred in special honor at the San Joaquin National Cemetery in Gustine, California on Monday, June 16th at 1 p.m.
Remembrances may be sent to Delhi Presbyterian Church, 15917 El Capitan Way, Delhi, CA 95315 or to Calvin Crest Conferences, 45800 Calvin Crest Road, Oakhurst CA 93644