OWENSBORO, KY - John A. Thompson, Sr. joined his loving wife of sixty-six years , Kathryn R. in eternal bliss on December 17, 2011. They were inseparable in life now joined in death. Their lives serving as an example and legacy for all that knew them. He was born April 11, 1923 the son of Hayden C. and Kathleen Thompson. His youth was spent in Owensboro Kentucky and he was a graduate of Daviess County High School Class of 1940.
Mr. Thompson entered service with the Army Air Corp in January 1943. He was assigned to serve with the 303rd Bomb Group (Hell’s Angels) of the 8th Air Force. He flew thirty five mission credits as a B-17 bomber pilot over Nazi Germany. He left active service in June of 1945 and reserve service in 1956. Following WW II he worked with Standard Oil of Kentucky and Chevron Oil from 1945-1976 in Madisonville and Louisville Kentucky. He completed this career in Atlanta Georgia. Following his retirement from Chevron Oil, he founded and served as president of JAT Oil and Supply, Inc. in Chattanooga Tennessee. He sold JAT Oil and retired February 1988, remaining in Chattanooga. Jack, as he was best known and Katy made every effort to travel all fifty states and the world.
Jack was devoted to his God, his church, his wife, his family and his friends. He enjoyed travel, golf and his gardens. He especially enjoyed the summer vacations he provided his family at Hilton Head, South Carolina. Surviving are his children, John A. (Carole) Thompson DMD of Lexington, KY, Mark R. (Sheryl) Thompson of Madison, TN, Debra Kay Thompson of Ooltewah, TN, and Karen Thompson(Mickey) Haddock of Ringgold, GA; grandchildren, John A. (Julie) Thompson III, David (Monica) Thompson, Kristin (Logan) Rogers, Robb (Cindy) Thompson, Shawn Thompson, M. Lee Thompson, Mary Kathryn (Brian) Aston, Adam Saxenian, Susan (Charles) Burton, Steven “Bo” Ray, and Sara (Sam) Lewis; and great-grandchildren, “Zee” Thompson, Layne Thompson, John A. “Jack” Thompson IV, Olivia Thompson, Caroline Aston, Thompson M. Aston, Isabella Thompson and Skylar Thompson; brothers C. Daniel Thompson and A. Michael (Cloa) Thompson; sister Margaret “Peggy” Steinsberger.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11am on Thursday December 22nd at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, 4029 Fredrica St., Owensboro Kentucky. The family will receive friends at the Glenn Funeral Home, 900 Old Hartford Rd. Owensboro Kentucky from 5 to 8pm Wednesday December 21st .
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