Jerry passed away at age 76 on June 1, 2017 at his home in Richardson, TX after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He fought the disease for 16 months, all the while taking chemo to extend the quality of his life for himself and his family. He was the consummate family man helping family in any way he could. He went by many names during his life, Joe, JJ; but his favorites were “Grampy” and “Peeps.”
Born on March 17, 1941 to Ivan & Lucile Thompson of Chillicothe, MO. His working career started early in life by helping on the farm. During high school, he worked for his dad at Thompson Motor Sales pumping gas and washing cars. He spent his early years through high school in Chillicothe graduating from Chillicothe High School in 1959. After graduation, he attended William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. Dissatisfied with college life and dropping out, he enrolled in IBM school learning to operate their many new machines. Because Mobil Oil Corp. was a new customer of IBM, Jerry applied there and got a job as a machine operator in the Credit Card Center in KC, MO.
After a courtship that began during high school, Jerry married Janet (Adkins) on September 1, 1963, in their hometown of Chillicothe. Upon taking the advice of his many Mobil mentors, he re-enrolled at William Jewel part-time while continuing to work full time. In 1966 Jerry got his BA in business administration. His 35 year career with Mobil was in data processing, working in KC, NYC, & Dallas. He also served 12 years on the Board of Directors of Dallas Mobil Credit Union.
Retiring in 1996 he and wife, Janet, spent the next 20 years traveling the globe. Cruising was his favorite mode of travel. Jerry and Janet took 23 cruises. Favorite places were Santorini, Bora Bora, and Hawaii. He was an avid sports fan following college and professional sports. His favorite was Mizzou (MU) and cheering on his Tigers. He especially enjoyed all the time spent in Las Vegas with his buddy, Frank Robl, watching and betting on the NCAA basketball tournament play.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors are his wife of 53 years, son Tony, his wife Jinna, & daughter, Haley of Carrollton, TX; son Kenny, his wife Kathy, sons Jonathan & Nicholas; & step children Kyle & Kayla Hoyle of Little Elm. Siblings include Dale Thompson of Lynnwood, Washington; Bill & Ron Thompson of Chillicothe, MO; and Betty Banks of Mesquite, TX.
A celebration of life will be at the First United Methodist Church in Richardson on June 12, 2017 at 4:00 P.M. in the Chapel. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252