Harold Roy Thompson, 88, of Geneseo, formerly of rural Annawan, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Extended Care Unit, Geneseo, with his family by his side. Funeral services celebrating his life were held Wednesday,  Nov. 24, at Vandemore Funeral Home Ltd., Atkinson. The Rev. Terry Lancaster officiated. Burial was in the Hooppole Cemetery. Visitation was held Tuesday, Nov. 23, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials may be made to the Harold Thompson Memorial Fund, Hooppole Cemetery Association, or Annawan Community United Methodist Church.


Harold Roy Thompson, 88, of Geneseo, formerly of rural Annawan, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Extended Care Unit, Geneseo, with his family by his side. Funeral services celebrating his life were held Wednesday,  Nov. 24, at Vandemore Funeral Home Ltd., Atkinson. The Rev. Terry Lancaster officiated. Burial was in the Hooppole Cemetery. Visitation was held Tuesday, Nov. 23, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials may be made to the Harold Thompson Memorial Fund, Hooppole Cemetery Association, or Annawan Community United Methodist Church.

He was born Oct. 12, 1922, in Alba Township, the son of James E. and Celia (Boyd) Thompson. He married Marsha Pysson in 1979. They later divorced. He was a lifetime grain and livestock farmer, farming in rural Annawan, Atkinson and Alba Townships, retiring in 2000. He was a member of the Annawan Community United Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge, Hooppole, for many years. He was a licensed pilot for many years and enjoyed flying his airplanes. He also enjoyed dancing, hunting and fishing trips to Canada and especially spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter and spouse, Michelle and Bryan Anderson of Galesburg; a son, Michael Thompson of Geneseo; three grandchildren, Oliver, Celia and Edmund Anderson; five sisters and spouse, Mary Whisker of Toulon, Lucille McCune of Mineral, Barbara Young of Geneseo, Beth and Neil Johnson of Galva, and Judy Hansen of Utica; a sister-in-law, Odetta Thompson of Annawan; numerous nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Helen Claeys of Geneseo.?He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Orin, Calvin and James, and one sister, Dorothy Koss.