The Herald Bulletin

October 6, 2013

Harold E. Thompson

March 24, 1931 - Oct. 5, 2013


The Herald Bulletin

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.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Lee (Hon) Thompson, whom he married March 11, 1951; daughter, Linda (Phil) Prophet of Alexandria; son, Kevin (Beth) Thompson of Alexandria; two grandsons, Eric (Heather) Prophet and Greg (Angie) Prophet; great-grandchildren, Morgan Prophet and Liam Prophet; brother, Richard Thompson of Alexandria; two sisters-in-law, Loisann (John) Haron and Eloise Hon; and several nieces and nephews.

The members of the JOY Class at Alexandria First Baptist Church have been like family to the Thompsons all of their married life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and brother-in-law, Rosemary and John Maul; sister-in-law, Ruth Thompson; and nephew, Matthew Maul. 

A Home Going Celebration service will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, 2107 S. Park Ave., (Indiana 9), Alexandria, with Pastor Michael Deutsch and the Rev. Cliff Richardson. Interment will follow in Park View Cemetery at Alexandria with military honors by the United States Marine Corps and the Elwood VFW Honor Guard.

Friends may call at the Alexandria First Baptist Church on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. or at the church one hour prior to the services on Wednesday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alexandria First Baptist Church with envelopes available at the visitation and services.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Owens Funeral Home in Alexandria

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