CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Joseph "Bud" Thompson, 60, died Aug. 16, 2008, at his home.
He was born Feb. 13, 1948, in Cape Girardeau, the son of Earsel Joseph and Josephine Sophie Neiderkorn Thompson.
He and Sharon A. Sullivan were married on July 12, 1969, in Ste. Genevieve.
Thompson was a 1966 graduate of Thomas W. Kelly High School in Benton and a 1970 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. He served in the Army from 1970 to 1972. He was awarded Outstanding Soldier of the Quarter of the 5th Army in 1972.
Thompson taught building trades at the Career and Technology Center in the Cape Girardeau Public School System. He was named the Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 1994. He retired in 2004. He also owned and operated rental properties in Cape Girardeau. He was a member of Missouri State Teachers Association, St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council No. 11205.
Survivors include: his wife of Cape Girardeau; three daughters, Robin (Cory) Garner of Castle Rock, Colo., April (Christopher) Tritto of St. Louis and Ashley Thompson of Cape Girardeau; four brothers, Henry, Ronald, and Michael Thompson of Benton and Randy Thompson of Charleston; six sisters, Joan Rock of Big Spring, Texas, Barbara Dittlinger of Benton, Jane Pfefferkorn of Chaffee, Carol Meyer of Granite City, Ill., Peggy Thompson of Ste. Genevieve and Brenda Guethle of Dexter; and three grandchildren, Evan and Addison Garner and Isabella Tritto.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. today, with Parish Prayers at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. David Hulshof officiating.
Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Cape Girardeau. Graveside military rites will be provided by the Missouri Honors Team.
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Memorial contributions may be made for future building needs to:
St. Vincent De Paul Church
1913 Ritter Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701