NORTH WEBSTER – William E. “Bill” Thompson, 87, of Wakarusa, formerly of Leesburg, passed away at 11 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2019, at Miller’s Merry Manor Assisted Living in Wakarusa.

He was born on Sept. 8, 1931, in Wolf Lake, to Ira James and Reuah Boggs Thompson.

He graduated in 1951 from Wolf Lake High School, was a United States Army veteran, and attended Dana University to receive his certified manager degree.

He was married on June 1, 1958, in LaPorte, to Mary Jane Moore, who preceded him on Aug. 27, 2016.

He moved to the Leesburg area in 1963 from the Kimmell/Wolf Lake area and retired in 1993 as a purchasing agent from Dana Corp. after 41 years of service.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oswego and American Legion Post 253 in North Webster. He was a former Boy Scout leader in North Webster and then was the district training chairman and vice chairman of the Boy Scouts for Kosciusko County.

He is survived by a daughter, Connie (Jeff) Kaiser of Albion; two sons, Alan (Julia) Thompson of Wakarusa and James (Nancy) Thompson of Novi, Mich.; and six grandchildren: Ryan Thompson, Jon Thompson, Maggie Kaiser, Katie Thompson, Amy Thompson and Will Kaiser.    

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; six sisters: Mary Thompson, Lillian Swanson, Dora Braden, Lena Kiester, Grace Buckles and  Betty Kilgore; and a brother, John Coverstone.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Owen Family Funeral Home, Ind. 13 and CR 500N, North Webster.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 12, in the funeral home, with Pastor Ron Manahan officiating. Burial will follow in the Mock Addition of the North Webster Cemetery.


Memorials to First Baptist Church of Oswego, 2985 E. Church St., Warsaw, IN 46582.

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