Lee Edward Thompson, age 93, of Knoxville passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at the Westridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Knoxville.
Visitation for Lee was held from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Sunday, December 11, 2016, at the Winfield Funeral Home in Knoxville. Lee's family will be present Sunday evening from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Lee's wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service with military honors was held at 12:30 P.M. Monday, December 12, 2016, at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa.
Lee was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on September 30, 1923 the son of Carl Laverne and Julia Frances (Miller) Thompson. Lee grew up in Des Moines and attended East High School. In February of 1942 Lee enlisted into the Army. He served in the Army Air Force in the 64 Airdrome, during WWII, until October of 1945. During his service, he met Lucienne Toison and on May 24, 1945 in Leuven, Belgium they were united in marriage.
After returning home Lee began driving truck for Hoxie, (now called Sysco). He drove for over 20 years before changing to a salesman with the same company. Lee worked for 43 years and retired 1986.
Lee was very active. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W., John Meyers Post. He wintered in Arizona for many years and he liked to garden when he lived on a farm outside of Lovilia. Lee also golfed, fished, and liked visiting casinos.
Lee is survived by his wife, Lucienne Thompson of Des Moines; children, Linda Burke of Knoxville; Carolyn (Jim) Staker of Arizona City, AZ; Terry (Cheryl) Thompson of Waco, TX; Mark (Laura) Thompson of Pleasant Hill; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Glenn (Amy) Thompson of Georgia. He was preceded in death by his longtime companion Evelyn Dunkin; parents Carl and Julia Thompson; three brothers, Lester, Max, and Richard Thompson; one sister Maxine Beane; and two grandchildren, Teri Burke and Tyler Thompson.
A memorial has been established in Lee's memory to the V.F.W., John Myers Post of Knoxville. The Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville is assisting Lee's family with services.
Published on December 13, 2016