Sept.19, 1929 — Nov.28, 2013
A funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, Dec. 5 for Charles ‘Chuck’ Edward Thompson, 84, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, who died on Nov. 28 at home in Patterson.
Mr. Thompson was born on Sept.19, 1929 in Wetumpka, Ala., the only child of Mary Lois Speer Thompson. After graduating in June 1947 from Athens High School in Athens, La., Chuck served in the U.S.United States Air Force from July 1947 thru May 1950 when he was honorably discharged.
Mr. Thompson married Martha Jean Weaver on June 3, 1950. Chuck and Martha lived in Richmond, Calif.until they moved to Concord in 1953 while he worked in automobile sales. In 1965, the family moved to Patterson when Mr. Thompson purchased the Chevrolet dealership, which became Thompson Chevrolet Buick GMC where he worked until his retirement in 2008. Today, his son, Bruce, carries on his father’s legacy in the car business. Throughout Mr. Thompson’s career, he was an avid and generous supporter of many community activities, in particular Patterson High School athletics. For many years, Mr. Thompson served as the announcer for the Apricot Fiesta parade and Patterson Redskins Football games.
Mr. Thompson leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, Martha, and his three children and their families. Teresa Draper and her husband, Paul, and their children, Derek and his wife, Lena, and Janae DeRose and her husband, David, and their son, Braden Charles DeRose; Deborah Fantazia and her husband, Don, and their children, Stacey and Katie; Bruce Thompson and his wife, Jill, and their children, Laura and Jake. His mother, Mary Lois predeceased Chuck in 2005.
Mr. Thompson was a member of Kiwanis International, the Masonic Lodge and The Scottish Rite as well as a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and Rotary International.
Mr. Thompson’s true passion in life was flying. He earned his pilot’s license in the early ‘50s and flew continuously until age 77. He accumulated thousands of hours of flight time and owned many airplanes as he and Martha flew all over the United States on business and pleasure.
When not flying, Chuck indulged his passion for speed by sponsoring numerous racecars and drivers as well as riding his motorcycle.
The family wishes to thank caregivers Irma Guzman, Mona Khan and Brianna Meyers and Community Hospice for their care and support.
A visitation will be held at Hillview Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5th at Hillview Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave. Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Mr. Thompson’s name be sent to PRIDE (Patterson Recognizing Individuals Determined to Excel, P.O. Box 1543, Patterson, CA 95363 or Community Hospice Foundation (4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356-9259..