Visitation: Wednesday 3 to 8 PM
Services: Thursday 10 AM
John "Jack" Ellis Thompson, 81, passed away in his sleep on Sunday
morning, March 17, 2013, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital. He was born
on November 14, 1931, in Sommerville, Indiana, to the late John W. and
Wilma (Veller) Thompson. A kind and gentle man, he gave freely of his
time and talents to his Church, his family, and to the community. He will be
greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Jack grew up in Evansville where he attended St. Benedict parish and
grade school. He spent his high school years at St. Meinrad where he
discerned a call to monastic life. Upon finishing, though, he followed a
different path and joined the United States Navy, where he served in the
Korean War in the South Pacific aboard the USS George.
Upon returning to Evansville he married his beloved Emily and started a
family. Over a span of decades his electrical contracting firm, JET Electric,
wired many homes and offices in the area. In the early 80's he joined the
staff of University of Evansville, where he eventually retired as Physical
Jack was an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in
Newburgh. He was a member of St. John's Men's Club, the Knights of
Columbus #8746, and the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Assembly #
253. He served on the Building Boards of both St. John the Baptist Church
and the Diocese of Evansville. Deeply involved in his church, he focused
his passion for vocations through the Serra Club, was in the first class of
The Bruté Society, was a driving force in both Source + Summit and
Cursillo, and was the Spiritual Director of his CHRP team.
Jack was active in Boy Scouts for over 40 years, serving as a Scoutmaster,
Cubmaster, Camp Director of the Outpost, Chaplain for Scouting for the
Diocese of Evansville, and a board member of the National Catholic
Committee of Scouting. Through Scouting he was able to share his great
love of Christ and nature, and to instill solid values in countless young
people. He was also a past member of the Kiwanis Club (sponsor of his
first Scout Troop, #168) and of the American Legion. He held a BLS
degree from the University of Evansville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Richard; and his
granddaughter, Kristine Thompson. Jack is survived by his wife of over 56
years, Emily L. (Sasse) Thompson; sisters Phyllis, Ann, Mary, Catherine,
and Rebecca; children Michael (Kathryn) Thompson, Timothy (Julia)
Thompson, Monica (Joe) Deal, Patrick (Dinah) Thompson, Susanne
(Kerry) Thompson, Nancy (Mike) Thompson, Kevin (Sirikaan) Thompson,
Theodore (Karen) Thompson, Beth Thompson Brown, and Christopher
Thompson; grandchildren, Heather, Justin, Ian, Kaitlin, Emilie, Amanda,
Laura, Samantha, Morgan, David, Sophia, Abigail, Samuel, Isabelle,
Tobias, Joshua, Madelin, Olivia, Gwynneth, Simon, Evan, and Liam; great-
grandchildren, Michaela and Angelica.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., on Thursday, March 21,
2013, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 625 Frame Rd. Newburgh,
Ind. Officiating will be Fr. Joseph Ziliak. Entombment will follow at the St.
John the Baptist Mausoleum in Newburgh, with Military Rites conducted by
the American Legion, Kapperman Post #44.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20,
2013, with a memorial service and prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at Titzer
Family Funeral Homes/Simpson Chapel, 510 W. Jennings Street,
Newburgh, Indiana, (812) 853-8314. Additional visitation will be held
Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to service time at the church. Sympathy
wishes to the family may be made at www.titzerfuneralhomes.com. In lieu
of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist
Church in Newburgh or to the Buffalo Trace Council, Boy Scouts of