John Arthur Thompson, 74

John Arthur Thompson, 74, of Hilton Head, S.C., and Friendship, Maine, and formerly of Mequon, passed away peacefully on Sept. 21, 2011, after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

John was born Aug. 28, 1937, to Don and Ethel Thompson in Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State University in 1960 with a bachelor of science degree in ceramic engineering. John worked for over 30 years for Cutler-Hammer and Eaton Corp. in Milwaukee and Pittsburgh. A kind, gentle and patient man, he loved golfing and was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan.

John is dearly missed by his wife, Mary A. Thompson (nee Flood); his children Deborah (Daniel) Knuth, Charles (Sarah) and John E. Thompson; his grandchildren, Conner, Danny and Julia Knuth, Mia, Timothy and Mason Thompson; and his brother, Dennis (Anita) Thompson.

John was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Donna Scott.
Funeral services will be held at United Methodist Church, 24 Main Street, Friendship, Maine, on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at 1 p.m. with interment at the Roadside Cemetery in Friendship at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Memory Matters, P.O. Box 22330, Hilton Head, S.C., 29926, are appreciated. Condolences can be made through the online guest book at

An additional remembrance of John will be held in Hilton Head in late October.