HOWLAND - James "Jim" P. Thompson Jr., 82, passed away Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 16, 2013, at home following a short illness with his loving family around him.
He was born Oct. 29, 1930, in Youngstown, the son of James P. and Grace Watt Thompson Sr. He was a 1949 graduate of Bazetta High School and attended Youngstown College. Jim served proudly as a corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Jim retired from Firestone Tire, where he had been a retail store manager. Jim had been a longtime member of the former Christ Our King Church. He had served on its parish council and was a distributor and a reader. He also had the privilege to serve on the Council to unite the churches. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish (St. Cyril & Methodius) in Warren.
He was an active member of The Clarence Hyde American Legion Post 278, the oldest post in the City of Warren. He served as their treasurer, and in 2011, Jim was awarded the Legionnaire of the Year. Jim volunteered with the VA Clinic in Warren and Trumbull Mobile Meals.
Jim was a lifelong member of the Boys Scouts of America. He had been a scout as a youth and became a scout master while his own sons and grandsons were involved in scouting. He served on the board for Eagle Scouts and was proud to see young men achieve this highest honor in scouting. Jim's most honored moment in scouting was in 2004, when he was awarded the Boy Scout Lifetime Achievement Award and the District Award of Merit.
Jim was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed golfing, snow skiing and hunting. His passions were camping with family and friends and teaching his children the challenge and fun of fishing. His last big adventure was going on a week-long fishing trip in Northern Canada with one of his sons. Jim loved gardening and putting up the fruits of his labor. He had a profound love of history and was an avid reader.
On May 10, 1952, Jim married the love of his life, the former Patricia "Pat" Ronyak. Besides his loving wife of 61 years, Jim leaves behind five children, two sons, Richard (Patricia) of Brighton, Colo., and John (Anita) of Girard; three daughters, Patricia (Donald) Summers, Elizabeth (Steven) Dulovich and Barbara (Charles) Snowden, all of Warren; 15 grandchildren, Michael (Angela) Kellar, Amanda (Rick) Bunch, Randy Summers, Andrew Summers, Stephanie (Jeffrey) Miller, Janelle Kellar, Heather (Edward) Masdin, Amy Thompson, Theresa (Marvin ) Lambert, Charles Snowden Jr., Christopher Dripps, Kyle Snowden, Andrew Snowden, Tara (Dale) Watkins and Nicole Thompson; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, Jim was preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis "Mickie" Roberts.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. James P. Walker 11 a.m. Monday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish (St. Cyril & Methodius Worship Site), where friends may call 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Friends also may call 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, 962 North Road N.E., Warren, OH 44483.
Burial will be in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman. Military honors will be conducted by the Trumbull County Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512, in Jim's name.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, 962 North Road N.E., Warren, OH 44483, 330-394-6200. Dedicated To Serving Your Loved Ones.
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