James Philip Thompson
Sept. 16, 1922 ó April 16, 2015
James Philip Thompson, born September 16, 1922, passed away at home on April 16, 2015, age 92.
He is survived by his loving wife, Beverly, and step-children William, Gayle, Debora, Lynne, David and Daniel; grandchildren Tim and Ben Chartier, Blake, Britney and Brandon Layber, Chad, Cory and Casey Anderson; great-granddaughter Laila Ann Chartier. He is further survived by daughter Holly T. Molinaro.
He was preceded in death by wife Shirley Dalton Thompson and son James.
Jim was a WWII U.S. Army Air Force captain, squadron commander, and served from 1943-1946.
While based in Hawaii, he enjoyed flying P38s and P51s. After the war, Jim attended and graduated from the University of Michigan with a journalism degree. He aspired to become a sports writer.
Jim and Beverly Layber married in 1972. He moved from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and she from Brookfield to Waukesha. He continued his career with Chrysler Motors, Dealer Operations Division, until retiring in 1989. They traveled extensively with the Chrysler Management Club and enjoyed new friendships. He became a Packers, Brewers and Badgers fan.
Jim was a longtime member of Merrill Hills Country Club and a very popular golfer and enjoyed the menís bridge group. He took his golf clubs on all vacations, such as Hilton Head Island, Palm Springs and Destin, Fla.
Jim was a gentleman and will be remembered by family and friends for his wit and great sense of humor. He was very close to son Bill, son-in-law Jim Chartier and friend John S. Gardner. A lover of animals, he especially loved his blue eyed huskie-collie dog Sasha.
Memorials are suggested to the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County.
Private family services were held.
Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262-827-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary or leave condolences.