Benson- Rodney V. Thompson, 90, of Benson, IL, went home to be
with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Friday, March 8,
2013 at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.
He was born on August 22, 1922 in Normal, IL to Carl and Fanny
Vigars Thompson. He married Ruth Ford on November 30, 1946 in
Yuma, Arizona. She survives.
Also surviving is one daughter, Cynthia (James) Pratt of
Washington, IL; two sons, Steven (Teresa) Thompson of Benson; Kevin
Thompson of Morton; four grandchildren, Rebekah (Shawn) Hayes;
Joshua (fiancé, Phyllis Arista) Thompson; Christin (Stephen)
O'Bryan; Cathryn Pratt; and one great granddaughter, Abigail Marie
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, James
An Army Veteran, Rodney served his country in the Army Air Corp
during WWII. He was stationed in Pearl Harbor at Wheeler
Field in Oahu when the Japanese attacked. During the war he
served as Sgt. in the 431st Fighter Squadron in the
Asiatic Pacific Theater. He served from October 28, 1940 to
October 26, 1944, ending his service in New Guinea. He
was a member of the Benson American Legion Post #454 and the
Disabled American Veterans.
Rodney worked for the Farmer's State Bank in Benson for 25
He was a member of the Benson Baptist Church where funeral
services will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday March 12, 2013.
Pastor Brian Trennepohl will officiate. Visitation will be
held from 5-7 pm on Monday March 11, 2013 at Knapp-Johnson-Harris
Funeral Home in Roanoke. Burial with military rites will be
in Clayton Township Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Benson Baptist Church, the
Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke, or to the Benson Ambulance
Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
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