After courageously battling Guillain-Barre syndrome for over a year and a half, Joseph Edward Thompson was taken from us unexpectedly after a tragic accident on November 12, 2015.
Joe was a graduate of Wauwatosa East High School in 1961. While attending college at MSOE, he worked at Sporbeck Brothers Texaco. In 1963, Joe graduated from MSOE with a degree in electronics communications technology.
In September of 1963, he was hired by Kearney & Trecker as a service technician. In the spring of 1989, K& T was acquired by Giddings & Lewis in Fond du Lac. Joe relocated to Fond du Lac from Waukesha and was promoted to vice president of customer services from 1989 until he retired in March 2001.
Joe expressed his love for cars at an early age and bought a high-performance Ford Fairlane in 1964, which he modified and drag raced. He built his first stereo in 1962 — an interest that those that were close to him know he never gave up on. Joe followed in his mother’s footsteps with a love of animals, proudly supporting his daughters with their passion for horses.
Joe leaves behind his beloved wife of 18 years, Jo Thompson; daughters, Kathleen (Michael) Helker, Kristine (John) Burke, Mary Jo (Greg) King, Keri (Shawn) Hoskins and Shane (Jeanette) Braun. He was a proud grandfather to 11 grandchildren, Joseph Helker, Fuller Braun, KeaganPfister, JB Burke, Chloe Burke, Trenton Hoskins, Madsyn Hoskins, Anika King, Landon Braun, Drew King and Reagan Hoskins.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Marie (Graves) Thompson; his late wife, Christine Marie Thompson; and his best friend, Gerald B. Martin Per Joe’s request, there will be a celebration of life held in Florida on January 23, 2016, from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Harbor Isles II — Community Center, 620 S. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach, FL, and in Wisconsin on May 14, 2016, at The 5’0 Clock Club, Pewaukee.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Brevard Animal Shelter.
Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home, 321-784-0116, is serving the family. You can sign Joe’s guest book at www.beckmanwilliamson.com.