James M. “Jim” Thompson, 62 years, of Bryan, passed away Monday, June 10, 2013 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana, following a sudden illness. James was born July 1, 1950 in Wauseon, Ohio, the son of the late Milburn Charles and Betty Eileen (Kunkel) Thompson. He grew up in West Unity, but later moved to Bryan and was a 1968 graduate of Bryan High School. Following high school, he served his country in the US Navy Reserves as an Electricians Mate until his honorable discharge in 1975. He had fond memories of his adventures in the Navy, and especially enjoyed his African safari in Mombasa, Kenya. On September 15, 1973, Jim married Rebecca Hilbert, and she survives. He began working as a carpentry apprentice at the age of 16. James established his own business “Thompson Construction” in 1980 and was a talented, well respected carpenter/contractor until his death. He was known for his hard work ethic and meticulous attention to detail. He was an active member of the Bryan Lions Club. James enjoyed riding his motorcycle and most of all spending time with his family and two grandsons.
Surviving is his wife, Rebecca; daughter, Sarah (Jeremy) Dauber of Bryan; two grandsons, Drew and Kai Dauber of Bryan; a brother, Terry ( Kim) Thompson of Bryan; and one sister, Vicki (Gregg) Watson of Athens, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services for James M. Thompson will be held Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 206 North Lynn Street, Bryan with Pastor Dick Buchsteiner officiating. Interment will follow in Shiffler Cemetery, rural Bryan with Military Graveside Rites accorded by the Bryan VFW Post #2489. The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, June 14, 2013 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions in memory of James M. Thompson be made to the Bryan Lions Club.
Condolences may be sent to the family or the online guest book may be signed at www.oberlinturnbull.com