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William Henry "Bill" Thompson
Aug 26, 1926 - Mar 26, 2012
Posted by Martha Reddout

©Marietta Monitor
30 Mar 2012 Page 4

William Henry Thompson of Marietta, 85, passed away peacefully in his home on March 26, 2012.

A unique blend of sailor and rancher, his word was his bond. Bill’s outspoken personality and sense of humor are remembered by all who knew him. Born August 26, 1926 to Margaret (Wicker) and Robert Henry Thompson, Bill graduated in 1944 from Marietta High School, then enlisted in the Navy at age 17. He served his country from 1944-1951 and fought proudly in World War II and the Korean War. A decorated hero, Bill received the following honors: World War II Victory medal, Pacific Campaign medal, American Campaign medal, National Events Campaign medal, Liberty Campaign medal, and the Asian Occupation Service medal. On leave one weekend, he married the light of his life, Wanda Rose Michael of Love County. Together they reared a son, Robert Henry (Mick). After being honorably discharged, Bill served as the Assistant Postmaster of the Poteau Post Office while living as a rancher in nearby Panama. After retirement, Bill and Rose returned to Marietta in 1994. An avid historian, Bill was a charger member of the Love County Military Museum in Marietta. As a consummate horseman, he, Rose and their two grandsons traveled and competed in horse shows. Bill won World Champion Appaloosa Men’s Costume in 1983, ’84 and ’87. Wearing full Native American regalia, Bill, Rose and their grandsons participated in many parades and events. Bill was a longtime member and leader of the First United Methodist Church, Marietta.

Bill is survived by his beautiful wife, Rose; son, Mick Thompson and wife Peggy of Edmond; two grandson, Scott Thompson and wife Heather, Michael Thompson and wife Stephanie; a great-granddaughter, Micah Faith Thompson; two great-grandsons, Brennan and Garrett Thompson; a step-granddaughter, Sarah Sharpe; a nephew, Preston Chambers; and many extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Francis Chambers; and daughter-in-law Toni (Floyd) Thompson.

Services are Thursday, March 29 at 11:00 a.m. in Marietta’s First United Methodist Church with interment following in Lakeview Cemetery, Marietta. Officiating will be Rev. Tony Caro and Rev. George Lupton.

An honors team from the United States Navy will be present at the grave site.

Honorary bearers are Jerry Kerr, Roger Kite, Sue Bankston, Lavon Coyle, Fayrond Balch and Rose Chambers.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Love County Military Museum, 408 1/2 West Chickasaw, Marietta, OK 73448.

Online guest book: wattsfuneralhome.com Flanagan-Watts

A photo of Mr. Thompson was included with this obituary.


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