Jack Wendell Thompson – June 26, 2017 – October 12, 2017
Jack Wendell “Tommy” Thompson, age 97, passed away October 12, 2017. Funeral services were held Monday, October 16, 2017, at Elliott-Hamill Chapel of Faith with burial following in Elmwood Memorial Park Cemetery. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Vernie Mildred Thompson. His children are Henry “Hank” Thompson of Cypress, Texas, Jack W. Thompson, Jr. of Spring, Texas and Katherine Thompson of Austin, Texas. His grandchildren include John Thompson, Thomas Thompson (deceased), Tammy Wicker, Glenn Thompson and Johnny Russell.
Lt Col Tommy Thompson made a career of the U.S. Air Force, serving 30 years. He was active as a flight instructor in WWII, fought in the Korean War and flew C-130 airplanes in the Vietnam War. He ended his Air Force career by retiring from Dyess Air Force Base, in 1973.
While in the Air Force he obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Ohio State University. Following his Air Force retirement he taught Business Administration classes at McMurry University for 10 years before retiring again.
Tommy was a member of the John Salyer Lodge number 1408 and had been a mason for 69 years.