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Thompson - John Joseph

Fri, Dec 26th, 2003
Posted in Obituaries

John Joseph Thompson, 79, of Manitowoc, formerly of Spring Valley, died unexpectedly December 18, 2003 at his home.

He was born July 4, 1924, in Minneapolis and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1944. He joined the Navy in December 1948, served 17 years of sea duty as a chief electrician mate with the Atlantic and Pacific fleets, and from 1961 to 1963 was a Navy recruiter in Duluth. After his retirement from the military in 1968, the family moved to St. Cloud, where he was a supervisor at Franklin Manufacturing and at Turbodyne Corp. In 1977, they moved to Two Rivers, Wis., and he was a maintenance supervisor for Paragon Electric Co. until retiring in 1985. On Dec. 30, 1956, he married Barbara E. Tietz at the Methodist Church in Waite Park, Minn.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Bob J. of Francis Creek, Wis., and Barry C. (Michelle) of Mishicot, Wis.; a daughter, Lynn L. Szydel of Manitowoc; four grandchildren; and a brother, Conrad O. (Joyce) of Rochester.

The funeral for John Joseph Thompson was December 22, 2003 at Knollwood Chapel Mausoleum in Manitowoc, Wis., with the Rev. Larry McCann officiating. Interment was in the mausoleum.

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