DONALD W. "DON" THOMPSON | 1937 - 2014 | Obituary

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Born: March 20, 1937
Died: July 07, 2014

Donald W. “Don” Thompson, 77, of Burlington, Illinois, died peacefully Monday, July 7, 2014, at Pine Acres Rehab & Nursing Center, DeKalb.

Don was born at home on March 20, 1937, in West Decatur, Pennsylvania, the son of Burtis W. and Julia (Swales) Thompson. He married Sharon Louise Franklin on May 3, 1969, in DeKalb.

Don was a graduate of Phillipsburg (PA) High School in 1956. He joined Capital Airlines, which merged with United in 1961, and he worked there in several capacities until he proudly retired in 1994. In retirement, Don enjoyed many activities, including bowling, golfing, hunting, fishing and swapping stories with friends and family. He was a member of Burlington United Methodist Church, Burlington Lions Club, Loyal Order of the Moose in DeKalb, and volunteered at the Kane County Sherriff’s sub-station in Burlington. Don had a great love for the game of baseball. He introduced it to his boys at young ages and when he was not coaching them, he made it a point to attend every game and practice. He was also a passionate fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penn State Nittany Lions and Chicago Cubs.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon; two sons, Eric (Christina) Thompson of Naperville and Brian (Stephanie) Thompson of Burlington; six grandchildren, Jimmy Thompson of Burlington, Carolyn and Elizabeth Thompson, both of St. Charles, and Hannah, Daniel and Hunter Thompson, all of Naperville; siblings, John (Thelma) Thompson of Brimfield, Ohio, and Dallas (Joyce) Thompson and Lois (James) Mort, both of West Decatur, Pennsylvania; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 10, at Burlington United Methodist Church, 195 W. Center Street, Burlington, with the Rev. Becky Nicol officiating. Cremation will follow at Anderson Funeral Home Crematory with burial of cremated remains at a later date at Burlington Township Cemetery, Burlington.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Donald W. “Don” Thompson Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.

For information, visit or call 815-756-1022.

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