Frederick E. Thompson, 92, a resident of Newhaven Court in Butler, formerly of Erie, died at 8:55 a.m. Monday March 17, 2014 at VNA Inpatient Hospice, Butler.
A son of James A. and Ruth A. Sloan Thompson he was born in Marion Township, Butler County on April 24, 1921. He was a graduate of Harrisville High School.
A veteran of World War II he served in the 363rd Military Police Co., US Army.
He owned and operated Thompson Greens in Harrisville, a wholesale flower business.
It would be an understatement to say Mr. Thompson stayed active. Well into his 80s he was still skiing and golfing. He was the oldest volunteer a Presque Isle State Park, giving pontoon tours. He was a guide on the Flagship Niagara. He had a keen interest in history. But flying was his passion. Flying for over 50 years he had flown over 40 different types of planes. The owner of eight planes, one of which he built, he loved all things aviation. He co-authored a book about flying. From stunt flying to piloting gliders in his later years he has many interesting experiences including piloting the Goodyear Blimp.
He was a member of the American Legion Post in Harrisville and the Flagship Niagara League.
On June 30, 1979 he married the former Donnie Mosch who preceded him in death on October 24, 2008.
Surviving are three daughters Megan Thompson-Sisinni and her husband Tim of Slippery Rock, Melinda "Mindy" Thompson and Rick of Lawrenceburg, KY, and Lynn Majidimehr and her husband Amir of Woodinville, WA; four grandchildren Julianne Sisinni, David, Ryan and Cameron Majidimehr. A sister Marlene Davis and her husband James of Hot Springs Village, AR, a brother Glenn W. Thompson and his wife Margie of Meadville and several nieces and nephews complete his family.
In addition to his parents and beloved wife Donnie, he was preceded in death by two sisters Thelma Durschlag and Dorothy A. Spence.
Friends will be received in the Jamison Funeral Home, 117 N. Main St., Harrisville from 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home at noon Friday with the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey W. Jones, pastor of the harmony Presbyterian Church officiating.
Interment will follow in the Prairie Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, One Intrepid Square, w 46th St. & 12th Ave., New York City, NY 10036.