George Delbert Thompson, 95, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 8:23 P.M. June 15, 2019 at Mount Vernon Healthcare Center in Mount Vernon. He was born April 14, 1924 in Dix, Illinois to the late George B. and Sara Elizabeth (Sanders) Thompson. He married Bettyjane Patterson on August 15, 1948 in Mount Vernon and she preceded him in death on January 15, 1998.
George is survived by his daughters, Francis Eckelberry of Mount Vernon, Kathy Traiteur and husband, Robert of Johnsonville, and Elizabeth Mathus of Mount Vernon; grandchildren, Dave Eckelberry, Joe Eckelberry and wife, Paula, Marty Eckelberry and wife, Missy, Rob Traiteur and wife, Christina, Rich Traiteur, Evette Traiteur, Scott Traiteur, Richard Mathus, and Misy Read; great-grandchildren, Megan Eckelberry, Kyle and Ryan Meador, Tyler Eckelberry, Ally, Cody, and Savanna Eckelberry, Donovan, Andria, and Josh Traiteur, Roni Mason and husband, Kris, Grace Mathus, Jessica Perkins and husband, Mark, Kaitlyn Ramirez and husband, Gonzalo, and Austin Inzerma; special friend, June Eubanks; and several great-great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
In addition to his parents and beloved wife, Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by his five brothers; five sisters; one daughter, Dorotha Thompson; two sons-in-law, Jim Eckelberry and Gale Mathus; and one grandson, David Mathus.
George proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps from November 13, 1943 to May 21, 1946 in World War II. He served as a Field Artillery Crewman in the Asiatic and Pacific Areas, participating in the action against the enemy at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands from February 1945 to March of the same year. He then participated in the occupation of Japan from September 1945 to April 1946 before being honorably discharged as a Corporal. Upon returning home from the war he worked at the Mount Vernon Grain Elevator and later as a road oiler for Jax Asphalt Company for 20 years before retiring. George was looked up to as a father-figure by many family and friends and he loved nothing more than to spend time with his loved ones, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed family gatherings and being with neighbors and friends, oftentimes playing guitar and singing at the numerous jam sessions which would take place within his neighborhood. He loved fishing and coon hunting and will be remembered as a champion pinochle player. George was a wealth of wisdom, knowledge, and abounding warmth and those who knew and loved him will miss those qualities which he possessed the most dearly.
A Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois with Reverend Travis Hayes officiating. Interment will follow at Bethel Memorial Cemetery in Mount Vernon. Members of the Mount Vernon American Legion Post #141 will conduct Full Military Honors at the cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church or the Old Union Missionary Baptist Church.