John William 'Bill” Thompson


John William "Bill" Thompson
May 23, 1930 ~ September 17, 2011

Longtime Waitsburg, Washington resident, John William
"Bill" Thompson, 81, died September 17, 2011, at Providence
St. Mary Medical Center, Walla Walla, Washington.
Family and friends may pay their respects from 1:00 - 7:00
p.m., Sunday, September 25, 2011, at Mountain View-Colonial
DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington.
The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, September
26, 2011, at the First Christian Church, 604 Main
Street, Waitsburg, Washington. Pastor Mike Ferrians will
officiate. The graveside service and burial will follow in the
Waitsburg Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Waitsburg Historical
Society through the funeral home.

Bill was born May 23, 1930, in Pompey's Pillar, Montana,
to John William and Elizabeth Boller Thompson. He graduated
from Palouse (Washington) High School. On October
23, 1984, he and Luella Anderson were married in Hawaii.
He was the owner of Waitsburg Television Cable Company.
Bill loved to travel with his wife in their motor home. A
real "Cougar" fan, he rarely (if ever) missed a home football
game. He was very community-minded - involved in everything
there was in which to be involved. He served on the
Waitsburg City Council, the Waitsburg Ambulance Board,
Waitsburg Historical Society, and was a member of the Masonic
Lodge, and B.P.O.E. Lodge #287 of Walla Walla, where
he had served as president of the Wheelers. He had also
served as president of the Waitsburg Lions Club. He enjoyed
visiting at the grocery store during the early morning hours
as well as the hardware store later in the day where he picked
up on the news and kidded around with his fellow "Burgites".
He attended the Waitsburg First Christian Church.

Bill is survived by his wife at their home in Waitsburg; his
daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Ron McCauley of Walla
Walla; three grandchildren: Barbie Keevey, Ron McCauley,
Jr. and Mindy Stonebraker; four great-grandchildren
and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded
in death by six brothers: Bud, Fred, Wilbur, Lyle, Ted
and Dale Thompson; one sister, Eva Jensen; his son,
Sam Thompson and his daughter, Marcie Thompson.

Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at


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