Clinton G. Thompson, 98, of Sheffield, died Friday, June 22, 2018, at Good Samaritan, in Geneseo. Cremation rites have been accorded and a graveside inurnment service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 20 at Floral Hill Cemetery, in Neponset, where military honors will be accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo, is assisting with arrangements.

Clinton G. Thompson, 98, of Sheffield, died Friday, June 22, 2018, at Good Samaritan, in Geneseo. Cremation rites have been accorded and a graveside inurnment service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 20 at Floral Hill Cemetery, in Neponset, where military honors will be accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo, is assisting with arrangements.

Clinton was born Dec. 4, 1919, in Thomas, Ill., the son of Hermie and Mae (Johnson) Thompson. He graduated from Manlius High School. Clinton was married to Louise Tucker. The couple spent 61 years together before Louise preceded Clinton in death in 2008. Clinton served in the Navy all through World War II, both in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He was employed with the Corps of Engineers as a Hennepin Canal Parkway ranger for 40 years. During his time as a ranger on the canal, Clinton once saved an 8-year-old girl from possibly drowning after she fell into the lock area. He received an appreciation award from the Illinois Department of Conservation. Clinton will be remembered as a loving father, hard worker, and having had a playful spirit.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters, Cheryl Smith, of Alamogordo, N.M.; and Sandra Ballard, of Kewanee; three grandsons, Adam Smith, Matthew Smith and Shaun Ballard; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hermie and Mae; wife, Louise; brother, Gilbert Thompson; and sister, Neva Cochrane.