Arthur “Art” Ray Thompson, 92, of Collinsville, IL, born Friday, November 22, 1929, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away Friday, August 19, 2022 at his residence.
Art was a proud United States Army Veteran serving as an MP in the Korean War. While there, he developed a fondness for the Korean Language and spoke his favorite phrases into his final days. After his time in the service, he worked for Armour & Co., Witte Hardware, and later retired from Washington University School of Dentistry. He was a member of Gothic Lodge #852 A.F. & A.M., Ainad Shrine, former Captain of the Arab Patrol unit, Roadrunners, and Southern Illinois Court #86 ROJ.
He enjoyed marching with the Patrol in local parades well into his 80’s. Art was the ultimate father, grandfather, and husband; cherishing his family get togethers and the memories made.
He was preceded in death by his:
- Parents, Bert Melvin and Christina Elizabeth, nee Amann, Thompson
- Harold Thompson
- Alvin Thompson
- Leo Thompson
- Louis Thompson
- Melvin Thompson
- Everett Thompson
- Glenn Thompson
- Floyd Thompson
- Evelyn Embrey
- Bertha Burnett
- Lillian Thompson
Surviving are his:
- Wife, Patricia “Pat” Thompson of Collinsville, IL
- Son, Tommy Ray (Theresa) Thompson of Pocahontas, IL
- Sister-in-law, Josephine Thompson of O’Fallon, IL
- 2 Grandchildren:
- Mary Amanda (Mark) Gan
- Mary Cecilia (Anton III) Flieg
- 6 Great-grandchildren:
- Melisa Dizdarevic (Mevludin Emini)
- Marijo Gan
- Mark Gan
- Molly Gan
- Anton Fleig, IV
- Tessa Flieg
- Great-great-grandchild, Kenan Emini
- Many dear nieces and nephews
Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or Greater St. Louis Honor Flight.
Visitation: Visitation from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL. A Jester walkthrough will take place at 6:43 pm, followed by an Arab Patrol walkthrough, followed by a Masonic Service at 7:00 pm.
Funeral: Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at Kurrus Funeral Home, with Rev. Larry Patton officiating. Interment will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.