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Gary M. Thompson
(March 17, 1949 - November 12, 2011)

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Gary M. Thompson

U.S. Veteran

A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at Hill and Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.

The MINISTER will be Pastor Tony Reynolds

VISITATION will be at Hill and Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri preceding the Memorial Service on Friday, November 18, 2011 between 1:00 and 2:30 p.m.

Suggested MEMORIALS to the Appleton City Manor Nursing Home – employee fund or The American Cancer Society

Gary Michael Thompson, 62, son of Verne Eugene and Hester L. (Williams) Thompson, was born March 17, 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri. He passed away November 12, 2011, doing what he liked best, hunting deer with his best friend.

Gary spent his youth in North Kansas City, Missouri graduating from North Kansas City High School. He served his country in Viet Nam and Berlin, Germany in U. S. Army Intelligence. Gary had been a member of the rock band Front Street Exit during the late 60’s and early 70’s. He loved to play and the group toured for several years. Gary had made his home in Appleton City for the last 27 years and was a member of the Church of God (Holiness). Gary and Patty Craddock were united in marriage July 6, 1998 bringing together their two families. He had liked to turkey hunt and fish but health issues prohibited those joys. He had not stopped deer hunting, vowing this would be his last year, but he dearly loved “the hunt” with his best friend Tom and was very successful one last time. Gary liked to make crafts and do woodworking projects; he also was an accomplished painter. He had recently been to a craft show with his wood projects and was a hit with the Halloween faces he made and shared with the trick-or-treaters. He was proud of winning “Yard of the Month” on more than one occasion. Gary had an infectious smile and shared it with anyone he met. He had retired after 26 years of service to the Appleton City Manor Nursing Home as maintenance supervisor on December 31, 2010.

Gary loved his wife, children and family and they will miss him very much. He was preceded in death by his father, Verne on April 13, 1966 and a nephew, Brian Jones April 12, 2002. Survivors include his wife Patty Thompson of the home; his mother and stepfather, Hester and Lyle Helwig of Appleton City, Missouri; his children, Lisa and husband Scotty Leonard of Schell City, Missouri, Kelly Taylor of Butler, Missouri, Lisa and husband Greg Houck of Grove, Oklahoma, Jamie and husband Ron Berry of Frisco, Texas; seven grandchildren, Samantha Taylor, Sara Taylor, Hunter Leonard, Conner Leonard, Lexie Wellman, Peyton Berry and Kennedy Berry; his first great-grandson, Sirus Matthew Taylor, who was born 11/11/11; one sister Sharon and husband Gus Jones of Belton, Missouri; one brother Tom Thompson and wife Terri of Emporia, Kansas; one half-brother Ronald E. Thompson of Garnett, Kansas; two step-brothers, Gary Helwig of Gladstone, Missouri and David Helwig of St. Joseph, Missouri; his best friend Tom Wilkerson of Kansas City, Missouri; a host of nieces and nephews.

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