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Russell A. Thompson

April 26, 1937 ~ February 11, 2013

Russell Albert Thompson, 75, of Wellington, Kansas died Monday February 11, 2013 at his home. Russ was born April 26, 1937 to parents Jacob and Ollie Jones Thompson at the family farm near Rome, Kansas. He was the thirteenth child of nineteen.

Russell attended Atterberry Country School graduating in the eighth grade. He joined the National Guard in 1954, and went on to serve in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1962. During his service he spent time on the U.S.S. Catamount and in Japan

In December 1956 Russell married Nancy Guertin in Downey, California. From this union he was blessed with two sons Curtis Alan and Gregory Scott, and three daughters Lori Lynne, Jeannie Faye and Julie Janette.

Russell was a master plumber by trade but an avid fishermen by heart. Throughout his life he spent time in California, Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Kansas. He retired and moved to Alaska from 2000 till 2011. In Alaska he lived his dream fishing off the coast and spending time with family and friends. In 2011 he moved to Missouri for a short time and recently he moved back to Wellington due to health issues.

Russell was a lifetime member of the VFW #6957 in Haysville, Kansas. He was also an active member and past president (1990-91) of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #21 in Olympia, Washington.

Russell was proceeded in death by his parents, brothers: Elmer, Emmett, Glen, Bill, Delbert, and Terry; and sisters: Thelma, Leona, Beulah “Boots”, Nina, Ester and Donna.

He is survived by sons Curt of McKinney, TX, Scott (Joanna) of Caldwell, KS; daughters; Lori (Russell) Clark of Yelm, WA; Jeannie (Darrell ) McDevitt of Olympia, WA; and Janette (Greg) Moser of Wellington, KS; 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Brothers: Leslie Thompson of Wellington, KS and Freddie (Dorothy)Thompson of Henriette, OK; Sisters: Faye Teeter, of Augusta, KS; Christie White, of Tacoma, WA; Hazel (Paul)Young, of Meridian, ID; and Freda Hanson, of Kirkland, WA.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and his close feline companion “Boss”.

A memorial graveside will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Rome, Kansas.

A memorial has been established with the Avenue of Flags in Russell’s name.

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The Hair Loft Bowling Team

Family and Friends - 02/13/2013

Dear Janette and Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love or our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.

God Bless,

Glenda, Mary, Kathy, Kathryn and Pam


Melissa,Chris,Chance and Erin Russell

Family and Friends - 02/13/2013

Mrs. Janette I am truly sorry for your loss and if u need anything please give me a call Love u and saying many prayer for u and your family.


Mark and Michelle Brownlee and Family

Family and Friends - 02/13/2013

Scott, Janette, Curt and family: You're all in our thoughts and prayers


Freddie/Dorothy Thompson & Pat, Carolyn, Freddie Jr, Gail

Family and Friends - 02/14/2013

We are so sad to lose our brother and uncle. Altho we are unable to be in Kansas at this time, you are with us in our hearts.

Russell was special to us. He spent leave days with us in California when he was the cutest, white uniformed sailor in the fleet. He usually brought a sailor friend along and they were all young and full of fun. One week-end he brought another friend that wasn't a sailor but a cute little 15yo girl (Nancy). We loved her right away too. You all know the rest of the story except maybe that the 5 little toe-headed Thompsons were adorable and looked over by the sweetest big brother ever, Curt.

We love and will miss you, Russell, but have wonderful memories of you and yours with us always. God bless you all.


Clint and Marilyn Moore

Family and Friends - 02/14/2013


Just want you to know that I am thinking of you and your family.


Darlene Lambert

Family and Friends - 02/17/2013

To my cousins Curtis,Jeannie,Scott,Laurie & Janette

I was so sad to hear of your loss and to lose my uncle Russell. My thoughts are with all of you



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