Billy Don Thompson
Kenai Peninsula resident Billy Don Thompson died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2008, of a heart attack while diving in Guam. He was 61.
A celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. A reception will follow immediately at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai.
Mr. Thompson was born April 27, 1946, in Sapulpa, Okla. He grew up in Kiefer, Okla.
"He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1963 and it was there that his passion for over-sea adventures developed," his family said.
He moved to Alaska in 1978 where he was employed at Homer Electric Association. He held various positions at HEA from journeymen lineman to line superintendent. He was an active and member of the I.B.E.W Local No. 1547. He served as shop steward from 1985 to 1990 and also as a business representative and a member of the local executive board. He retired from HEA in the spring of 2004. He continued working various contract jobs in Alaska through the I.B.E.W. His most recent employment took him to Saipan and Guam where he was teaching courses on basic line work.
"Billy very much enjoyed life and lived each day to the fullest. He had an infectious laugh that was truly catching and anyone who had the honor of visiting with him always felt lighter and happier afterward. He was involved in local politics, community services, such as serving several terms on the area hospital board. He was a member of the Eagles Club, the VFW and was involved and proud to continue his service with the Marine Corps as an alumni of Marine barracks A Company. Bill was a devoted husband and father he truly enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He thoroughly enjoyed supporting local high school sports and dance, especially when his grandchildren were involved. Bill loved the Kenai Peninsula and all it has to offer. He loved hunting with his buddies, fishing with his wife, and spending summers at his River-Bend campsite with friends and family," his family said.
Mr. Thompson is preceded in death by his parents, Omar and Ruby Howard of Bixby, Okla.; natural father, John Collins of Kellyville, Okla.; and brothers, Bob McGuire of Oklahoma and Eddie McGuire of Biloxi, Miss.
He is survived by his wife, Marita Thompson of Kenai and Houston, Texas; sons, William Thompson and his wife, Carol, of Houston, Texas, and Billy Thompson of Grand Canyon, Ariz.; daughters, Ann Story and her husband, Brian, and their children, Alex, Dylon, and Peyton of Kenai, Ruby Gibbons and her husband, Jack, and their children, Kiefer Riss, Sarah, Cait and Jack, of Soldotna, Sarah Thompson and her partner, Aaron Seaton, and their child, Ollie Seaton, of Soldotna, and Kehaulani Thompson and her partner Cole Chappell of Soldotna; stepchildren, Ashley, Alma, Chris and Jennifer Williams, Tammy Kjostad of Soldotna and Richard Nery of Hawaii; stepgrandchildren, Ethan and Anya Williams of Virginia, Alayna Williams of Houston, Texas, and Sasha, Mariah and Danielle Kjostad of Soldotna.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Billy Thompson's memory to the American Heart Association.
Arrangements were made by Ada's Mortuary in Guam.
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