In Memory of Arnold Thomas THOMPSON

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Date of Birth:   May 19, 1928

Date of Death:   April 8, 2014

Life Legacy:
Arnold Thomas Thompson May 19, 1928 - April 8, 2014 Arnold "Arnie" Thomas Thompson, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away on April 8, 2014 at Auburn Medical Center. He was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota on May 19, 1928 to Carl and Minnie Thompson and grew up in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, the youngest of three children. He graduated from Central High School in 1946, where he was quarterback of the football team, and also met the love of his life, Dona Mae Ellenson. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Arnie and Dona were married February 10, 1948 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. After he was discharged from the Army in August 1948, he attended the University of North Dakota where he graduated in June 1952 with a Bachelors Degree in Commerce. They moved to the Seattle area where Arnie worked at the Boeing Company until his retirement in 1986. Arnie and Dona enjoyed many family vacations, including two family cruises to the Caribbean. Arnie was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Dokken in 2003, brother Parnell Thompson in 2009, and his beloved wife, Dona, in 1999, after 51 years of marriage. He is survived by his daughters Connie Bottemiller (Jack) of Prosser, Washington, and Patti Vigoreaux (Donovan) of Kent, Washington, son Thomas Thompson of Federal Way, Washington, grandchildren Jennifer Masuccio (Dean) of Auburn, Washington, Gail Rice (Ryne) of Prosser, Washington and Allan Bottemiller (Jessica) of Kirkland, Washington, and five great-grandchildren. Interment will be at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington. The immediate family will have a private memorial service in the near future.

Messages of Condolence:

"Our family has so many fond memories of your dad--and your mom, too. The house across the street is still known as "Thompson's House", and I still look at your house and picture Arnold and Dona sitting on the front porch on summer evenings, and remember going over to chat. Keep your happy memories close. You are all in my prayers."
- Carol Berg Kirstein

"What a lovely picture of your dad. We are so sorry he is gone, but know he is in a better place now. He and Dona are together again. May peace be with you all. "
- Edie and Chad

"Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in our thoughts and prayers."
- Mary Coy

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