OBITUARY: Thompson, Truman ward
Truman Ward Thompson Jr., 78, died Feb. 27.Mr. Thompson, also known as “Curly”, was born in Fredericktown, Ohio. He lived in Vallejo 37 years and afterwards, he and his wife retired to Truckee, where they have lived 20 years. Mr. Thompson attended school in Sparta, Ohio, studying farm management, before deciding to defend his country in World War II. He was a Seaman First Class in the Torpedo Shop at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, maintaining and preparing torpedos for deployment on warships. He spent his last year of service in Japan in the occupation forces.He later was honorably discharged. After his Navy career, he went to work for Western Electric, a division of AT&T, where he worked as an installer and later a supervisor, overseeing the implementation of central office-based network telephone switching equipment. He finished his career as a Quality Control Manager covering the Western United States. He retired from “Ma Bell” in 1982 after 32 years. In 1945, he met and married Beulah Bilkey, a teacher in the refresher business courses at Mare Island. The couple had four children who were born and raised in Vallejo.Mr. Thompson became involved with their activities, such as Little League and supporting his daughter in Rainbow. He participated in Scouts as a leader and in Little League for a dozen or more years. Every spring, he would manage a t-ball team or work on a maintenance project at one of the Vallejo Little League fields.As a reminder of his contributions, the original center field flag poll at Callen Field was acquired, transported, raised and finished by Mr. Thompson. He was a member of the district governing board for all leagues in the area. He was a PTA supporter and recipient of its life membership – his greatest joy was helping and teaching kids. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Beulah, his daughter, Lois (Aldo) Borin of Penngrove; sons, Jeff (Mary) of Shingle Springs; Eric (Kathleen) of Reno, Nev. and Steve (Paula) of Concord; grandchildren, Francesca, Ryan, Andrew and Madison, a brother-in-law and many nieces and nephews in Ohio.A memorial was held earlier this month at First Presbyterian Church in Vallejo. In lieu of flowers donations may me made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018-4110.
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