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Thompson, Gerald Robert

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August 27, 1939 - March 17, 2015

Thompson, Gerald Robert

Gerald R. Thompson, 75, of Farmers Branch, Texas, was born August 27, 1939 in Independence, Kansas and passed away March 17, 2015.  Gerald climbed many mountains during his long struggle with illness but his spirit remained strong for he knew he walked in faith and his family and friends held him up. He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Byron “Roy” and Grace Thompson.  He leaves his wife of 51 years, Pat, his son and daughter-in-law, Adam and Michele Thompson with their children Grant and Audrey, his daughter Becky Thompson and many long-time friends.

Gerald loved his family, church, community and work.  A lifelong Methodist, Gerald spent many years as a church trustee and even more years in the choir at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.  Music was an important part of Gerald’s life and he selected the songs to be sung at his memorial service including I’ll Fly Away, The Hymn of Promise, and There is  a Balm in Gilead.  He enjoyed completing home repairs and could take apart, and successfully put back together, just about anything.  After receiving a BSEE from OSU and a MSEE from SMU, he enjoyed a career as an electrical engineer with several defense contractors in the Dallas area, including an assignment to Australia.  Gerald was an enthusiastic amateur radio operator and living in Australia gave him a chance to meet some of his contacts in person.  His fondest memories were of working with Continental Electronics.

Having pets all of his adult life, he was especially bonded with Gilbert, a chocolate Lab, who accompanied him on his daily delivery of neighbors’ newspapers from their yard to their front porch.  He had a sense of adventure and relished many travels with groups of friends.  It was well known that if Gerald was gifted with overripe bananas he would quickly turn them into banana bread so he could share with co-workers, neighbors and friends.

Personal expressions of remembrance may be made to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society or the charity of your choice.

The visitation for Gerald Thompson will be held Monday, March 23, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 12411 Templeton Trail, Farmers Branch.

Graveside services will be at Hilltop Cemetery, Carrollton, Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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Judy Glover Ward

March 29, 2015 10:27PM

Gerald was a long time friend at Midwest City High School. We were in band together. My parents were friends with his parents also. They worked in the concession stand during football games together. They also went on many band trips together. Gerald was one of the nicest people I have known. I want Pat and the children to know that Gerald is loved by many from Midwest City.

Gay and Joe Friday

March 22, 2015 7:20PM

Our deepest condolences to Gerald’s family. His passing is a huge loss for the many, many people he touched during a long and very productive life. He was certainly an important part of the Midwest City High School Class of 57. We are saddened with his passing.
You're in our hearts and we share in your loss. May the sorrow that you're feeling today be eased by the sweetness of precious memories.
We will shed tears because he's gone but smile because he lived.

kay Stidham Ledford

March 21, 2015 8:15PM

I knew Gerald at MCHS but grew to know him as adult thru email. A lovely man with a good heart.My heart goes out to his family and many friends.

Judy Beth Hancock McCrory

March 21, 2015 5:37PM

Gerald always had a smile for everyone. We went to school together. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Thoughts and prayers are with his precious family.

Jerry Brown

March 21, 2015 5:28PM

Gerald and I were friends in high school. We shared an interest in amateur radio and electronics. He was a wonderful person.
My condolences to his family.

Carol Campbell

March 21, 2015 5:17PM

Gerald was a member of the Midwest City High School Class of '57. He is fondly remembered by his classmates. Prayers and thoughts are with his family.