Charles Pat “Chuck” Thompson, 72, of Chetopa passed away at 12:33 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in the emergency room at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.
He was born April 28, 1944, in rural Labette County to Charles Wayne and Jean (Gray) Thompson. He grew up in rural Oswego, where he attended Oswego Grade School and was a 1962 graduate of Labette County Community High School in Altamont.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Southeast Kansas. For a time, he worked at Conard Pecans before working as a heavy equipment operator for 35 years for Labette County. He then worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation as a heavy equipment operator until retiring.
He was a member of First Christian Church in Chetopa, the Backroom Fellowship and Chetopa VFW. Chuck was a past member of the Chetopa Volunteer Fire Department and Chetopa Ambulance Service. He was an avid fan of the Chetopa Green Hornets and Pittsburg State Gorillas. He loved going to rodeos, breaking horses, playing dominoes and cards and having fun with friends and family.
He and Shirley Ann Fulkerson were married Sept. 27, 1967, in Vinita, Oklahoma. She preceded him in death on July 29, 2013.
Survivors include a son, Bill Thompson of Pittsburg; a daughter, Tammy Hormann of Edmond, Oklahoma; three grandsons; two great-grandchildren; a goddaughter, Shandie Smith of Parsons; two dinner companions, Mary Ann Prose and Rita Henry; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved fur baby, Rascal.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Nola Gatton, on Aug. 18, 2016.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Christian Church, Chetopa. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, Chetopa.
Memorials are suggested to the Chetopa Volunteer Fire Department or the Backroom Fellowship and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, KS 67336.