Beaverton Historical Society
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Richard Thompson

   Richard Frederick Thompson of Sugar Springs entered into life June 5, 1939 in Sydney and left this world March 12, 2008 at Boswell Hospital in Sun City, Arizona.

   Richard was a retired U.S. Naval Aircraft electrician and flight engineer on C130s who served in the Vietnam War. He was a master gardener and wonderful caregiver especially to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “Tom” enjoyed playing cards, cruises and Disney World, and liked to think of himself as a computer guru.

   Richard resided with his wife in Saginaw for 25 years before making Sugar Springs his home.

   He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife, Helen; daughter, Shelli Marie Burden of Gladwin; brother, James Bruce Thompson and sister, Audrey Aylsworth of Greenville; grandchildren, Monica Green of West Branch, Shaun Lydic of Essexville and Jonathan Lydic; great-grandchildren, Kylie Schmolitz, Brooklyn and Brendan Green, Jaycob and Aubri Lydic; many nieces and nephews and many friends.

   Committal services were Thursday, March 27 at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, officiated by the Rev. Elizabeth Morris- Downey followed by a Military Honors Ceremony.

   Memorial contributions may be made to Pebble Creek Kare Bears in Goodyear, Arizona; National Kidney Foundation; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Gladwin; St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Litchfield Park, Arizona; or to Sugar Springs Memorial fund in Gladwin. Memories of Richard from friends and family may be viewed and posted on the Web site www.adobe

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Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, MI
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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September 2009
Bob Frei
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