Kenneth Wayne Thompson, 81, of Lake Oswego died Monday, April 26, 2004 at his home in Lake Oswego.

He was born, Aug. 21, 1922 in Astoria to Thomas and Myrtle (Howlett) Thompson.

Mr. Thompson graduated from Astoria High School in 1940.

On Jan. 17, 1942, he married Alice Johns in Longview, Wash. She survives, residing in Lake Oswego.

Mr. Thompson joined the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and served as a radio operator-gunner. He flew 22 bombing missions against Germany while stationed in England in the B-24 Bombers. He was a technical sergeant and was discharged Oct. 24, 1945.

He returned to Astoria and later went to work for Standard Oil Company. During his employment with Standard Oil Company, he worked and lived in Astoria, McMinnville, Medford, Coos Bay and Portland. He retired in 1979 and then spent time as a commercial fisherman off the coast of Oregon. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.

Mr. Thompson was a member of the Masonic Lodge AF & AM, the Clatsop Post No. 12 American Legion, the Chevron Retired Employee Association, the Clatsop County Historical Society and the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Suzie Snider of Medford; a son, Don Thompson of Eugene; three granddaughters, Kelly (Thompson) Cochran of Washington, D.C., Robin Snider of Medford and Laurel Thompson of Eugene; one grandson, Bryan Thompson of Eugene; one sister, Phyllis Abbott of Soap Lake, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Thompson and a granddaughter, Renee Snider.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton. Interment will follow. Reverend David Kinman of the Astoria United Methodist Church will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia River Maritime Museum, 1792 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR 97103, or to the Clatsop County Historical Society, P.O. Box 88, Astoria, OR 97103.

Young's Funeral Home in Tigard is in charge of arrangements.


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