ALEXANDRIA, Ind. —
Harold E. Thompson, 82, Alexandria, walked into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, from Community Hospital in Anderson after a brief illness.
He was born March 24, 1931, in Alexandria, the son of Francis P. Thompson and Mary (Hardcastle) Thompson, and resided in Alexandria most of his lifetime.
He was a graduate of Alexandria High School, Class of 1949. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ball State Teacher’s College in 1955 and his master’s degree from Ball State in 1959. He served with the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War and was honorably discharged as a Corporal with a service connected disability. He retired as a teacher from the Industrial Arts Department of Madison Heights High School in Anderson in 1988 after 30 years of investing in the lives of young people. Harold was instrumental in starting several programs at Madison Heights including the swimming program, which he coached for more than 20 years. He also taught Driver’s Education there.
Harold was a licensed official with IHSAA and officiated football, basketball, baseball, track and swimming competitions. He was a member of the Anderson Federation of Teachers, the Indiana Retired Teachers Association and the Alexandria American Legion. Harold has been a longtime member of the Alexandria First Baptist Church. He served his Lord and His church as a deacon, trustee, usher, Sunday School teacher, on the Board of Finance and chaired the 1992 new church building construction committee. He led “Body Recall,” which was an exercise program for seniors, and willingly served wherever needed. A special joy in Harold’s life was his longtime service in the First Baptist Church Robed Choir and for many years was the sole tenor. He was a member of the Alexandria Varsity “A” Club and was an avid sports fan. It was said of Harold “if it had a ball or a racetrack Harold was a fan of it.” Harold was an avid reader. However, his greatest joy was his family and in all of the growing up years of his children, grandchildren and now great-grandchildren, Harold was their “biggest fan.” Whether it was helping them build a house or at their ball games, Harold was always there.