Eugene Frank THOMPSON Sr.
THOMPSON, Eugene Frank Sr. Essexville, Michigan Eugene Frank Thompson, Sr., 81 of Essexville, our caring, loving, amazing, happy, gentle, and generous husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend was born into eternal life on the afternoon of Saturday, October 15, 2016 at McLaren Bay Region with his family by his side. Gene was born in Bay City on December 6, 1934, the son of the late Frank and Jennie (Dean) Thompson. At the age of 17, he was driving a gray car down Washington Ave. A 15-year-old by the name of Barbara Douglas noticed Gene and told her friend Rita that's who she would be marrying. A couple months passed and her friend Rosalie wanted Barb to meet her boyfriend's brother, since he had a car. As fate would have it, to Barb's surprise, that brother was indeed Gene. A couple of months later, Gene proposed in December and they were united in marriage on October 23, 1954. Their 62 years were blessed with countless memories. Gene retired from General Motors where he worked in quality improvement at Bay City Chevrolet. He was a faithful parishioner of St. Jude Thaddeus Parish where he was an active usher. Gene was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. VanRooy Council 2740 and a 4th degree member of the John F. Kennedy Assembly 503. Gene was known for his love of bowling and was in the 700 club. He also enjoyed golfing, volunteering with the United Way, Disability Resources Center, and area Area 9 Special Olympics as a downhill ski, soccer, and basketball coach; Gene was always willing to chaperone when needed. Gene was honored with the Area 9 Volunteer of the Year Award. He loved cars, especially his 1950 Plymouth and 1951 Ford, and was most at peace spending time in the outdoors camping, hunting, and fishing. Gene's willingness to serve others led him to leadership positions on the boards of the Bay City Metro Bus Community, New Demensions and Healing Hearts at the Bay Medical Care Facility. He assisted for seven years with the hospital's community baby showers and ran the card parties at the Living & Learning Center. Gene also touched countless lives and was an advocate as a foster parent for 17 years. Gene will forever be remembered for his down to earth and open minded ways. His memory will live on in the hearts of his family and friends for generations to come. In addition to Barb, his devoted wife of 62 years, Gene leaves to carry on his legacy his children: Eugene (Norma) Thompson II, Mary Lynn (Bob) Schubert, Jennie (Pat) Vanderlooven, Norma Jean (Roy) Torres, Lori Thompson, Kelly (Carl) McDonald, Irene (Steve) Zboralski, Jim (Debra) Cain, Kristina (Thomas) Chartrand, Andy Thompson; grandchildren, Angela (TJ) Abrams, Eugene Thompson III, Rebecca (Zach) Miller, Brianna (Adam) Stack, Jillian (Brian) Edwards, Elise Schubert, Douglas (Sarah) Vanderlooven, Mytch Vanderlooven, William (Alyssa) Wielen, Brandy Wielen, Nathan Gerard, Jessica Gerard, Carl (Jenny) McDaniel, Jr., Katherine Zboralski, Kenny Zboralski, Josh Nowak, Cassandra Brief, Alexis Chartrand, Steven Chartrand; great-grandchildren, Frankie, Aubriella, Carter, Emerson, Marianna, Jason, Ethan, Hunter, Terry, Amelia, Abigail, Madison, Brendon, Isaiah, August, and Ethan; brother, Edward (Pat) Thompson; many Godchildren, especially Benito Salinas; sisters-in-law, Joan Thompson, Renee Thompson, Judy Thompson; in-laws, Bruce & Mary Ann Douglas, Carl & Renee Douglas, Richard & Connie Douglas, Pat & Helen Douglas, Larry Douglas, along with many nieces, nephews, and too many friends to mention. In addition to his parents, Gene was welcomed home to heaven by his son, Steven J. Thompson; brothers, Herbert, Charles; brothers-in-law, Mike, Tom, Dennis, John, and Roger Douglas, and sisters-in-law, Lorraine & Connie Douglas. Gene's family will be present to receive visitors on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Knights of Columbus Resolution of Condolence, Chalice Presentation, and Vigil for Gene at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. On Thursday, October 20, 2016, Gene will be taken to St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (St. John the Evangelist Church), 614 Pine St., Essexville, where visiting will continue from 9:00 AM until the time of his 10:00 AM Funeral Liturgy. Fr. Dale Orlik will officiate with the Rite of Committal to follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com .
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