Merlin W. ‘Tommy’ Thompson


Posted: Friday, October 06, 2006


  Merlin W. 'Tommy' Thompson

Merlin W. 'Tommy' Thompson

Longtime Kenai resident Merlin W. “Tommy” Thompson died Wednesday Oct. 4, 2006, at his home in Kenai with his wife by his side. He was 84.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9 at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Pastor Jon Walters will officiate. Military honors will be provided by the VFW Post No.10046 and American Legion Post No. 20.

Mr. Thompson was born Dec. 27, 1921, in Fillmore, N. D., of Norwegian descendants. He lived in North Dakota until World War II started. He had to leave North Dakota State College at Fargo to go into Army training in Louisiana. He later worked in a war industry in California. After the war, he and his wife, Ruth, and children moved to North Dakota where he entered into the movie theater business. Before coming to Alaska he was in the bowling business for 10 years in Ellensburg, Wash. As an avid bowler, he won many trophies and went to the national tournament in Miami.

In 1962 he move to Alaska. He worked as a carpenter and also operated bowling alleys and the Tom Tom restaurant prior to becoming a commercial fisherman. He married Peggy Gill Collins Dec. 31, 1966.

“He was a dedicated worker in the Kenai Eagles Aerie No. 3525 as secretary, trustee, and president. He was a 10-year secretary and was Alaska State Eagles President from 1993 to1994. He also was a charter member of the Kenai Elks, member of the Moose Lodge and life member of the American Legion,” his family said.

He served on the Kenai Peninsula Community Care Center Board. In the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant, he served as trustee chairman and was on the preacher-parish committee.

Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by his parents, Markus and Gertie Thompson; brothers, Loren and Ivan Thompson; sisters, Bernice Wendschlag and Ruth Kaemerle; and grandson, and granddaughter, Kirk and Stefani Thompson.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Gill Thompson of Kenai; children, Harold Thompson of Anchorage, Elaine Thompson Snyder and her husband, Bill, of Newbury Park, Calif., Ken Thompson and his wife, Jean, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Linda Lee Weaver of Modesto, Calif., and stepdaughter Laura Lee Collins of Honolulu, Hawaii; grandchildren, Dean Thompson and his wife, Marlys, of Anchorage, Todd Jordan and his wife, Olga, of California, Lynn Jordan Duffy and her husband, Scott, of California; five great-grandchildren; brother, John “Jack” Thompson of Washington; and sister, Grace Johnson of North Dakota.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be sent to Patients Assistance Fund, Central Peninsula Hospital, 250 Hospital Place, Soldotna, Alaska 99669, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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