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Edward A. Thompson, 81, of Sycamore, Illinois, passed away at home Friday, February 9, 2018, surrounded by his family. Ed was born on July 8, 1936, in Milan Township, to Thomas and Elizabeth (Wingert) Thompson. He married Ann Stewart on May 9, 1964, in Rockford.
Ed is survived by his wife, Ann, son, Edward A. "Ted" Thompson Jr., and daughter, Susan (Jim) Mizgalski, all of Sycamore; five grandchildren, Joey, Marisa and Andrew Thompson, and Jack and Hannah Mizgalski; sister, Carolyn Elliott of DeKalb; two brothers-in-law, John (Jan) Stewart of Winnebago and Bill (Cindy) Stewart of Napa, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Gladys Nastally; brother-in-law, Clissold Elliot; and niece, Christina Kriss.
Ed grew up in Lee, graduated from Shabbona High School in 1954 and worked until enlisting in the Army. After six months of active duty, he was released to the Army Reserve where he completed six years of service. He was employed by General Electric where he earned his Certificate of Apprenticeship and graduated from their Program of Manufacturing Studies. He left GE in 1972 to begin his own tool-and-die manufacturing business, Thompson Industries Inc. The business was founded in Genoa and later moved to Sycamore. Ed retired in 2002, turning business operations over to his son Ted.
Ed enjoyed bowling, camping, woodworking, and trips to the family lake house in Lodi, Wis. He could fix anything and one of his special projects was the restoration of a 1936D John Deere tractor. He served on the Board of Trustees at Federated Church, was a volunteer driver for MedVac, a volunteer at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, a member of the Sycamore Veterans Club and a member of the Mayfield Congregational Church. He and Ann enjoyed traveling, taking many bus tours together across the country. They took each of their five grandchildren on a special 8th grade graduation trip. He rarely missed any of his grandchildren's musical or sporting events.
The memorial service will be held Wednesday, February 14, at 11:00 am at Mayfield Congregational Church, 28405 Church Road, Sycamore, with the Rev. Dr. Martha Brunell officiating. Burial of cremains will be done by family at a later date.
Memorial visitation will be held at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Quiram Sycamore Chapel, 1245 Somonauk Street, Sycamore, Tuesday, February 13, from 4:00-7:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Northwestern Hospice of DeKalb or The Voluntary Action Center in Sycamore.

Condolences & Shared Memories (10)

  1. Rick and Diane Fox

    Our sincere sympathy to Ann and family. Ed was one of the kindest and most caring individuals we’ve ever known. When I was a young girl he helped my father who was ill. My father loved him like a son. I later saw him return the hand up and help to many others in his life. He was truly a special person. So sorry we could not be there today.

  2. William Koch

    Ted, I’m sorry to hear about your father’s passing. You have my deepest condolences and I hope that you and your family are doing well. This sure did spur many happy memories for me about your dad. Some of best times I had as a kid were spent over at your house either playing around outside with you, Jimmy Spartz, and Shawn Quinn or down in your basement doing Boy Scouts projects. We did everything from making our own belts by cutting them to size and stamping our names in it with leather-stamp letters to cutting up our own Christmas ornaments using your dad’s band saw to messing around with liquid nitrogen (I think) brought by Mr. Giddings. What a great display of patience and understanding your mom and dad showed to us! Wow, those were some terrific times! Another memory that I have is seeing your dad’s new shop in Sycamore soon after he got it up and running. I think that was around the late 80’s? I don’t remember exactly but I was really impressed with the machine shop being computer controlled to a significant extent. Shawn was even working there at the time. Your father was so kind and exuberant and generous with his time when giving me the grand tour of the place that I still remember it to this day. There are so many other memories passing through my mind right now but I know that you have a lot going on right now so let’s catch up a little later, OK? If you find a few minutes, give me a call â€" 719-360-3839. Again, pass on my best to everyone in your family and say hi to all the old gang for me please. You and all your family are in my thoughts and prayers. With sympathy, Bill Koch

  3. Shelley Rhoads

    Dear Ann, Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  4. Pat Michel

    Dear Ann and Family, Deepest sympathies to you on the loss of Ed. May your happy memories console you in this time of sorrow. My prayers are with you.

  5. Jill and Srdan Selimbegovic

    We have many fond memories of Ed stopping into MVPs to enjoy a glass of root beer and take in the morning paper before heading out to the shop. It was always a pleasure seeing his smiling face. He will be missed! Our condolences to Ann, Ted, Susan and the entire Thompson family. Love, Jill & Srdan

  6. Corinne Elliott

    I have so many memories and love for uncle Ed. He was truly the best patriarch a family could ask for in life. I will never forget him. Love Corinne and Denise

  7. Wayne & Joan Beach

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Gods peace be with you. Sorry we won’t be able to be there.

  8. Corey, Hyun Joo, Ben, and Caitlin Elliott

    You will be sadly missed! Thank you so much for your love and generosity to the family! Always will be remembered and never forgotten. Love you, Uncle Ed!

  9. George & Marilyn Prickett

    Ed was a well-liked resident of Somerset Farm. A friendly "pirate." He'll be missed.

  10. Michael Hathaway

    Ed was a great man in my life, when was 4, he and Ann stepped in as foster parents and made me a part of the family, he taught me hard work and planning ahead to get ahead really worked, they helped me into high school and college years, guiding me into life ways, and when I needed more guidance over the years, he was a call away. Ed also employed me for awhile and help me on other paths of life as well. I loved him as my father because he was there during my learning years and called him by that title ever since. Over all I have to say that I know that he will be missed by many others as well as myself, rest in peace Dad, love Mike Hathaway


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