Bucky Thompson

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Nov. 9, 1931 -- Jan. 1, 2010

SPOKANE -- Former Weston and Walla Walla resident Selmer E. "Bucky" Thompson, 78, died Jan. 1, 2010, in Spokane.

The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church, 4102 S. Crestline St., Spokane. Arrangements are through Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, 508 N. Government Way, Spokane.

Memorial donations be made to Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church, 4102 S. Crestline St., Spokane, WA 99203 or Hospice of Spokane, P.O. Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210.

Mr. Thompson was born Nov. 9, 1931, in Weston. He graduated from Weston High School as valedictorian of the class of 1948.

He began his nearly 40-year career with Seafirst National Bank, now Bank of America, right out of high school in Walla Walla. While working for the bank he attended Whitman College and graduated from the University of Washington in 1959. He was a devoted Husky until his last days.

He held many responsibilities at Seafirst and in addition to Walla Walla, he worked in the Seattle area, Spokane and Wenatchee. He hired and was a mentor to many current-day Bank of America associates and retirees.

He served four years in the Navy during the Korean Conflict aboard the USS Kaskaskia, a fleet tanker. During this time he met Sandy, his wife of 54 years.

He was involved in many community activities including Exchange Club, United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club and the Valley Hospital and Medical Center Foundation. He was also a director on the Central Valley School Board for six years. He was very active in his church life and most recently served on the finance and administration committee at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church.

He enjoyed golf, bridge and many do-it-yourself projects, but the thing that brought him the most pleasure during his retirement was participating as a spectator in his grandchildren's many athletic, dance and musical activities. He was their number-one cheerleader.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Deborah Zimmerman; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

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