Merl E. Thompson, long-time resident of Hawthorne, passed away at Renown Medical Center, in Reno, on Nov. 15 at the age of 81. Merl was born August 26, 1932 in New Hampton, Iowa to Ole E. and Henrietta Andersen Thompson. He was of the Lutheran faith.

Merl E. Thompson

Merl E. Thompson

Merl E. Thompson, long-time resident of Hawthorne, passed away at Renown Medical Center, in Reno, on Nov. 15 at the age of 81. Merl was born August 26, 1932 in New Hampton, Iowa to Ole E. and Henrietta Andersen Thompson. He was of the Lutheran faith.

Merl graduated from Hot Springs High School, Hot Springs, S.D. in 1950. He worked in a variety of jobs, starting with working in a Pontiac garage for his Dad. He worked as a U.S. Geological Survey surveyor in Arkansas; however, he was most proud of his job in Alaska as a Territorial Highway Patrolman (prior to Alaska becoming a state); then he served as an Alaska Highway Patrolman. He started a federal career at the Black Hills Army Depot, S.D.; then on to Army Ammunition School in Savanna, Ill. for two years. He was a Quality Assurance Specialist Ammunition Surveillance serving in Korea; Viet Nam; Germany; and throughout the States. He retired from federal service at the Hawthorne Army Depot, Hawthorne in 1987. He was a United States Army veteran.

Merl was preceded in death by both parents; a sister, Althea Claxton and his first wife, Barbara Thompson. He is survived by his brother, James O. Thompson of St. Paul, Minnesota; a son, Michael (Shirley) Thompson of Grants Pass, Ore. and one daughter, Tracy Richardson. Also, he leaves several grandchildren; great grandchildren; step children; nieces and nephews; many friends and especially his reading and puzzle friends that he visited with three days a week at the library. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Burial will be at a later date in the National Veterans Cemetery in Fernley, Nev.