Herman Thompson Jr., 80, of Sturgis, passed away Friday evening, May 28, 2010, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.
He was born May 21, 1930, a son of the late Herman and Pearl (Washburn) Thompson.
Herman’s early life was lived in Burr Oak, where he graduated from Burr Oak High School. He had resided for several years in Florida and returned to Sturgis in 1988.
Following several years of dedicated employment, he retired from Dorr Products in Burr Oak.
He was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW and had a true appreciation for classic automobiles.
Herman is survived by three granddaughters, Amanda Sigler of Sturgis, Jessica Meister of Three Rivers and Jennifer Sigler of Vicksburg; three grandsons, Flynn Thompson, Quinn Thompson and Colin Sigler, all of Sturgis; five great-grandchildren, Zoe, Keagan, Ella, Shawn and Willow; a sister, Ila “Pat” McNeil of Nottawa; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Delores Sigler and her husband, Kendall Sigler; a son, Richard Thompson; a grandson, William Sigler; and a sister, Joan Washburn.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Herman Thompson Jr. will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The Rev. Michael Klefahn of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis, where full military rites will be conferred by Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW and the U.S. Army Honor Guard.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Thompson’s memory consider the charity of one’s choice.