Howard Thompson, 97, died at 6:35 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at his home in rural Roundhead surrounded by his family.
He was born Sept. 3, 1916, to the late Martin and Effie Campbell Thompson.
On April 18, 1936, he married Marjorie L. Austin in Newport, Ky., and she preceded him in death Aug. 14, 2007. He also was preceded in death by four brothers, Marvin, Elwood, Joe and Frank; grandson, Eric Thompson; daughter-in-law, Rita; and sister, June Bahr.
Survivors include five sons, Jim Thompson of Wapakoneta, Tom (Linda) Thompson of Lima, Ed (Pam) Thompson of Findlay, Brian Thompson of Waynesfield and Jon (Monica) Thompson of Roundhead; four daughters, Marlene (Gordon) Holbrook of Waynesfield, Joyce (Gene) Compton and Jenelle Thompson, both of Roundhead, and Phyllis (Rex) McKinley of East Liberty; 23 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
Howard graduated from Alger High School in 1933. He was the production line leader and operator at Ex-Cello Corporation in Lima, and retired from the company in 1979 after 29 years of service. He also worked on his family farm and greenhouse.
Active in the community, Howard was a member of both Lakeview Eagles and Lakeview Masonic Lodge F&AM 722, where he was a 50-plus-year member, Kenton Council 65, Antioch Shrine of Dayton and Scioto Royal Arch Masons 119 of Kenton. He loved hunting fishing, camping and trapshooting.
Howard was a past president of Roundhead School Board and was founding member and president of the board of Upper Scioto Valley School District consolidating Roundhead, Alger and McGuffey schools.
David Holbrook officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday at Armentrout Funeral Home, Waynesfield, where visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, followed by a Masonic service. Burial is at Roundhead Cemetery, Roundhead.
Contributions may be given to the Hardin County Hospice and the Roundhead Division of the USV Ambulance District.
Express condolences at www.armentroutfuneralhome.com.