Laurence “Larry” Elred Thompson, was born on August 11, 1932, on a farm near Milford, Illinois, the son of Roy L. Thompson and Ethel (Hobson) Thompson.
His childhood was spent going to school in a one room schoolhouse in both Stockland and Prairie Green and farming with his brother and dad. In January 1954, Laurence married Dolores Horner. He farmed for another 2 years after his marriage and the sold the farm and moved to Wellington, where he lived in the same house from 1956 to his death. His next years were spent working for TRW, FMC, Joan of Arc, Ambia Bottle Gas and finally the local telephone company, which he ultimately retired from. Laurence cared for his beloved wife Dolores, until she passed away on October 9, 2010.
He is survived by his son- Earl (Sandra) Thompson, his grandson Colby (Julie) Thompson and their two children Laurence’s great-grandchildren Avery and Aspen. He was also preceded in death by his brother- Arthur Thompson.
Laurence was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He served as a Village of Wellington Trustee and on the Wellington School District Board of Education. He also was a Boy Scout Leader. Laurence enjoyed people and he and his family began camping and traveling in 1958. He made 35 trips up into Canada and loved to hunt and fish. He and his wife wintered in Texas six month each year, after he retired in 1995. Laurence loved to work with his hands and was a self-taught engineer of sorts. With his creative mind he built and invented many unique objects that were both fun and useful. Laurence lived a full and happy life until ‘the old rooster fell off the roost” on June 16, 2020.
Cremation rites will be accorded, and private family services will be held. The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Laurence’s life. Memorials may be made to the Wellington United Methodist Church or Iroquois Memorial Hospice. Condolences may be sent to the family on his everlasting memorial page at: www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.
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