William Frank Thompson

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William Frank Thompson

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Bill Thompson
Bill Thompson

Finally giving in to the complications of Alzheimer’s disease, Bill Thompson died on Nov. 4, 2014, at Canyon Creek Memory Care Community, where he had been living for the last year and a half.

In 1968, Bill moved to Billings after having grown up in Ohio and living for some time in California. Though he may have left Ohio, Ohio never left him; he remained loyal to Ohio family, friends and, of course, the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Sports — either as participant or spectator — were high on Bill’s list of favorite things. Over the years, he played baseball, ice hockey, softball, handball, golf, racket ball and noon basketball at the Y. More recently, he focused on playing or watching lots of golf, fishing now and then, following college football (Go, Bucks!) and helping to man the football chain gang for West High.

When first in Billings, Bill was a manager trainee for Sears; later, he tended bar at the old Archers and Fridays; finally he settled in as a retail salesperson for Pierce Flooring, where he was employed until his retirement.

Friends and family gave Bill many nicknames, but those closest to him had special words for him. He was Dad to DeDe (Darin) Rabas and Bom to grandsons Dylan and Wyatt O’Connor. He was Bonus-dad to Gerry’s daughters Tammy (Kelly) Clinch and Stacey (Stu) Reed. He was Bobo for Skylar Hannah with Jaren Saga and their daughter Lila, Tyler and Makenna Reed, and Colter, Duke and Jessy Clinch. He was Big Brother to Pink (Doug) Curry and John Thompson. He was Uncle Bill to nephews Kevin Curry and Jamie Thompson, and niece Kellie (Dan) Dessum. And he was simply good guy Bill for Gerry, his wife of 30 years.

A celebration of the life and times of Bill Thompson will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1241 Crawford Drive, Billings, MT 59102.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Stephen’s Church or Canyon Creek Memory Care Community, 1785 Majestic Lane, Billings, MT 59102.

But to really honor the memory of Bill, find and hold onto the beauty, joy and glory of each day.

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  1. Bill and I enjoyed lots of conversations over coffee many years back. My wife and I were also very satisfied customers of Bill’s when he was at Pierce Flooring. Things my wife, Cindy, and I remember about Bill, other than him being an all-around great guy who loved sports: Bill adored his wife Gerry, he loved all of his children and his grandchildren, and he knew the true meaning of friendship. We know Bill will be missed by his entire family and his wealth of friends…
    Gary & Cindy Bowers, North Carolina (formerly of Billings)

  2. I remember the Bill in this Photo. He was a fun, happy, great guy. You made s good choice, Gerry. Too bad his last years were so tough.

  3. Bill was such a joy at Canyon Creek. When I visited my mom, I always expected him to be lying on the love seat outside the dining room. Even when I thought he was dozing he made a comment that always made me laugh. He was so loved by staff and families – every time I go past the loveseat I will think of Bill. rest in peace.

  4. I will never forget Bill … His smile radiated for miles. I will always remember that smile, and the twinkle in his eye when he was being cheeky. I will always remember the shine those eyes took on when he talked about or spent time with Gerry. What an amazing guy he was! I always looked forward to seeing him when I came to work at Canyon Creek.

    I send you all my love, my sympathies and my prayers for comfort at this difficult time.

  5. I met Bill, in 1992, at Todds Plantation Coffee Shop, and we became good friends. It saddens me to see such a decent man pass away. This old world needs more Bill Thompsons…….William Lenoir

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