Russell Albert Thompson, 75, of Wellington, Kansas died Monday February 11, 2013 at his home. Russ was born April 26, 1937 to parents Jacob and Ollie Jones Thompson at the family farm near Rome, Kansas. He was the thirteenth child of nineteen.
Russell attended Atterberry Country School graduating in the eighth grade. He joined the National Guard in 1954, and went on to serve in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1962. During his service he spent time on the U.S.S. Catamount and in Japan.
In December 1956 Russell married Nancy Guertin in Downey, California. From this union he was blessed with two sons Curtis Alan and Gregory Scott, and three daughters Lori Lynne, Jeannie Faye and Julie Janette.
Russell was a master plumber by trade but an avid fishermen by heart. Throughout his life he spent time in California, Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Kansas. He retired and moved to Alaska from 2000 till 2011. In Alaska he lived his dream fishing off the coast and spending time with family and friends. In 2011 he moved to Missouri for a short time and recently he moved back to Wellington due to health issues.
Russell was a lifetime member of the VFW #6957 in Haysville, Kansas. He was also an active member and past president (1990-91) of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #21 in Olympia, Washington.
Russell was proceeded in death by his parents, brothers: Elmer, Emmett, Glen, Bill, Delbert, and Terry; and sisters: Thelma, Leona, Beulah "Boots", Nina, Ester and Donna.
He is survived by sons Curt of McKinney, Texas, Scott (Joanna) of Caldwell, Ks; daughters; Lori (Russell) Clark of Yelm, Wa; Jeannie (Darrell ) McDevitt of Olympia, Wa; and Janette (Greg) Moser of Wellington, Ks; 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Brothers: Leslie Thompson of Wellington, Ks and Freddie (Dorothy)Thompson of Henriette, Ok; Sisters: Faye Teeter, of Augusta, KS; Christie White, of Tacoma, Wa; Hazel (Paul)Young, of Meridian, Idaho; and Freda Hanson, of Kirkland, Wa.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and his close feline companion "Boss".
Cremation has taken place and Memorial services will be held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery west of Rome, Kansas on Saturday, February 16 at 1:00 p.m. Chaplain Don Cross will officiate.
A memorial has been established with the Avenue of Flags in Russell's name.
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Arrangements by Schaeffer Mortuary, 6 N. Main, Caldwell, Kansas.