Ronald Thompson

Ronald D. Thompson, 75, of Leavenworth, passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Saint John Hospital with family present. Ron was born Oct. 15, 1938, in Decatur, Ill., the son of Vernon and Neva Marie (Henton) Thompson.

Ronald Thompson

At the age of 17 Ron enlisted in the US Army and served with great distinction for more than 20 years. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam prior to retiring in 1975. He was known to many as a dedicated soldier, a leader with unfathomable courage, and a gentle soul. He never portrayed himself as anything more, while securing his duties in the Army. Many who served alongside him, know him as a true hero. While in the service he obtained a Bronze Star (with V device) for Valor, the Purple Heart, First Oak leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Award, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnamese Cross and Honor Medal. These awards definitely portray a wonderful story, all on their own. Upon retirement, he never stopped in his love for serving today's Army having worked 20 additional years as a Civil Servant at Fort Leavenworth, more recently as a private security guard at the Mission Training Complex at Fort Leavenworth. Ron's life was characterized by serving, and above all by loving his family, his wife, daughters, grandchildren, friends, country, and the US Army. Over the years you would find him meticulously constructing and painting Army tanks, trucks, and model trains, along while working to the beat of his doo wop music, and making them come to life. He also enjoyed lounging while watching his beloved war movies. Above all, he loved life and all the greatness it brought. He has forever imprinted on many hearts of all who knew him. He will be greatly missed yet never forgotten. To some he will forever remain a cloak of armor over us, to keep us safe and warm.

His family strongly believes by the faith of GOD that he has been reunited with those who have preceded him in death; his parents, his daughter, Shannon, brothers Bobby, Frances, and Sonny, his father-in-law, Joseph S. Zielinski and his recently deceased brother- in-law James “Jimmy” Zielinski.

He is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife of 29 years Janice; daughters, Kelly Hammons, Colleen (Michael) McTeer, Stephanie (Mike) Bellar, Amy (Ryan Davis) Garnett and Shawnda (Sarah Hunter ) Garnett; grandchildren, Stephen, David and Daniel McTeer, Kristen Milbourne, Collin Garnett, Brady Davis, Rachel Hammons, Kingston and Charlize Hunter; mother-in-law, Jeanette Zielinski; sisters-in-law, Joette (John) McKenzie and Judy (Rob) Robinson; brother-in-law, John (Debbie) Zielinski; and many nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends.

Visitation beginning with praying the rosary will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Casimir Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow at the Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials may be made in his name to Wounded Warriors Fund.