Goshen News, Goshen, IN

July 28, 2013

Phillip R. Thompson


— LAGRANGE — Phillip R. Thompson, 85, of LaGrange, Ind., died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at his home.

Mr. Thompson was born on April 2, 1928, in Topeka, Ind., to Irmin L. and Lettie (Neff) Thompson.

Mr. Thompson was a lifetime LaGrange County resident and farmer. In 1993 he retired after 45 years from the Farmers State Bank in LaGrange, Ind., where he was the senior executive vice president and served on the Board of Directors for many years.  

Mr. Thompson was a United States Army veteran having served in the Korean War. He was a member of the 1st United Methodist Church of LaGrange, Ind., rifle club, the NRA, and was involved with the LaGrange County 4-H Horse and Pony Club. Mr. Thompson also enjoyed horse riding, especially dressage and jumping.

On October 15, 1949, in Topeka, Ind., he married Deborah A. Searle. Mrs. Thompson survives in LaGrange.

Also surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Amy and Steven McKowen of Wolcottville, Ind., and Kathleen Clinton of LaGrange, Ind.; a son, Matthew T. Thompson of LaGrange, Ind.; five grandchildren, Keith Thompson, Justin (Morgan) Thompson, Jami Sites, Joshua Clinton and Conner McKowen; two great-grandchildren, Kimberly and Caitlyn Sites; and a sister, Jeanette Sterling of Fort Wayne, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Irmin and Lettie Thompson; and two brothers, Wayne L. and Robert B. Thompson.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 209 W. Spring St., LaGrange, Ind., with Rev. Chris Danielson officiating.

Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange, Ind., with military graveside services conducted by LaGrange American Legions Post #215.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 W. Michigan St., LaGrange, Ind.

Memorials may be given to Parkview Home Health and Hospice or to the 1st United Methodist Church in LaGrange.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.fruripmayfuneralhome.com.