William W. 'Bill' Thompson


Posted: Monday, April 08, 2002

Longtime Kenai resident William W. "Bill" Thompson died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at his home. He was 67.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church. He will be buried in St. Helena, Napa Valley, Calif.

Mr. Thompson was born Nov. 8, 1934, in San Francisco and raised in St. Helena. After graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Air Force for four years.

In 1966, the Continental Telephone Co. transferred him from California to North Pole, where he managed the Glacier State Telephone office. Nine years later he moved his family to Kenai, where he managed the telephone office until retiring in 1995, after 37 years of service.

He was an active charter member of the Rotary Club of Kenai, which was organized in 1983.

"He was always one of the first to volunteer to lend a hand on club projects. His fellow members say he truly believed in the Rotary motto, 'Service above self,'" his family said.

In 1968, Mr. Thompson earned his pilot's license and bought his first plane. He and his close friend Harvey Drake enjoyed many hunting and fishing adventures together.

"Retirement only meant more time for family, friends, hunting and fishing to Bill," his family said.

Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by his son, James Thompson, and nephew, John Farnsworth.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lynda of Kenai; son, Mike Thompson; daughters and their spouses, Elaine and Pete McGee, Elizabeth and Chuck Stroud, Brandi and Jeff Harbaugh, and daughter-in-law Alicia Thompson; grandchildren and their spouses, Tim and Julie Heinle, Monique and Steve Shoptaw, Clinton Stroud, Jennifer and Ashley Thompson and Colleen McGee; great-grandchildren, Zachary Heinle and Kaitlyn Shoptaw; sister and her spouse, Lenore and Earl Farnsworth and their son, Cal, and his family; surrogate niece and her spouse, Ronnie and Bill Lee, and their son, Rayce; and other family members in California.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bill Thompson Sportsman Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank branch. The fund will be used to sponsor sports fishing activities for the young and old.

Arrangements were made through Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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