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Charles R. Thompson

Charles R. Thompson

Chuck Thompson, age 86, died May 21, 2006 at the Rogue Valley Medical Center. He was born in Detroit, Mich., September 14, 1919 to Charles Ross and Annie Thompson. Chuck graduated summa cum laude from Kalamazoo College with graduate work at Brown University in physics. On May 27, 1943 he married Syvil Lucas in Greenoch, Scotland. Durring World War II he served in the Navy, participating in Omaha Beach battle. He resigned his commissions as Lt. Commander in Seattle in 1945. He accepted a position with Pacific Tel & Tel and remained in communications for 35 years in various executive capacities. He found real pleasure in sailboat racing.

After transfers to New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, Chuck retired to the Salmon River in Northern Calif. and for the next 13 years he enjoyed horseback riding on the wilderness trails. His greatest satisfaction was working with the fine people on the Salmon River to organize an ambulance service that was much needed in that part of Calf. His name remains on the door of the Fire and Rescue building as a tribute to the leadership that Chuck provided to this important project.

He moved to Roque Valley Manor Plaza in 1998. He was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his wife, Syvil, survivors include his daughter, Susan of Vancouver Wash., his sisters, Alice Hawkins of Ann Arbour, Mich., and Virginia Love in N.C., a granddaughter, Angela Leigh and a grandson, Jeffrey Ross and — great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rogue Valley Transportation Fund or the Medical Van Service, 1200 Mira Mar, Medford, Ore. 97504

Charles R. Thompson