William L. "Bill" Thompson, age 68, of Danville, Illinois passed away at 1:25 pm on Saturday,December 14, 2019 at the Prairie City Rehab and Health Care Center in Prairie City, Illinois.William was born on April 12, 1951 in Danville, Illinois and is the son of William Elias and Mary Kate Ferrell Thompson. Bill was raised in Danville, where he attended local schools and graduated from the Danville High School in the class of 1969. Formerly married to Mary Smith of Georgetown, Illinois, Bill began work with his father in Danville. He later entered the Air Force and served as a Sergeant E-4 in the United States Air Force. Bill was trained as a cable splicer specialist and served in Okinawa during the early 70s. After service, he then began work as a cable splicer for Pacific Bell as an independent contractor. Bill, at his work, was severely injured in a traffic accident in California and has been disabled and in need of rehabilitative care ever since. He returned to Danville, Illinois in 1984 and lived with his sister, Cynthia. Since then he has lived in Chicago, Danville, Lewistown, and finally in Prairie City, Illinois.
Bill is survived by his special close friend, Alis Creswell Chy of Monmouth, IL, two sisters, Cynthia Moore and Dorothy Thompson,and two brothers, Fred Thompson of Wichita, KS and Ewell Thompson. Bill is preceded in his death by his Grandfather, Henry Clay Thompson, his parents, and several Aunts and Uncles, and two infant daughters. Chandra Michelle and Aimee Lynn.
A memorial service and Military Honors were conducted on Monday December 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Turnbull Funeral Home in Monmouth, Illinois. A graveside service is planned on January 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the V A Cemetery in Danville, Illinois.
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