PALM COAST, Fla. – John Larry Thompson, 65, of Sterling, quietly passed from this life Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House in Palm Coast, after an extended illness.
John was born July 19, 1947, in Sterling, the son of John N. and Susan Thompson of Rock Falls. He was a 1966 graduate of Rock Falls High School. He was joined in marriage on April 20, 1968, to Dorothy Russell of Sterling. He was the proud parent of Chandra and Alexander Thompson.
John was employed for 29 years at Northwestern Steel and Wire. At the age of 55, he took on the challenge to return to college. He graduated from Kishwaukee Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in horticulture. He started Thompson Landscape and Lawn Care, providing landscaping and lawn care service to local business and residential clients.
John enjoyed spending time with his family and special “granddogs,” Bebe, Bruno, and Zeus. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed attending Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals games with his daughter, Chandra. John also enjoyed spending winter vacations on the beach with his son, Alexander.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Chandra Thompson of DuQuoin; son, Alexander Thompson of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and special friend, Jeff Robinson of DuQuoin.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Florida with the family, where, per his request, his ashes will be dispersed over the Atlantic Ocean.
A memorial has been established.
Condolences to the family may be sent to 81 Beechwood Lane, Palm Coast, FL 32137.