SHEFFIELD — Clinton G. Thompson, 98, of Sheffield passed away Friday, June 22, 2018, at Good Samaritan in Geneseo.
Clinton was born Dec. 4, 1919, in Thomas, the son of Hermie and Mae (Johnson) Thompson. He married Louise Tucker. The couple spent 61 years together before Louise preceded Clinton in death in 2008.
Clinton graduated from Manlius High School. He served in the U.S. Navy all through World War II, in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. He was employed with the Corps of Engineers as a Hennepin Canal Parkway ranger for 40 years. During his time as a ranger on the canal, he once saved an 8-year-old girl from possibly drowning after she fell into the lock area. He received an appreciation award from the Illinois Department of Conservation.
Clinton will be remembered as a loving father, hard worker and having had a playful spirit.
Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters, Cheryl Smith of Alamogordo, N.M., and Sandra Ballard of Kewanee; three grandsons, Adam Smith, Matthew Smith and Shaun Ballard; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Clinton was preceded in death by his parents, Hermie and Mae; his wife, Louise; a brother, Gilbert Thompson; and a sister, Neva Cochrane.
Cremation rites have been accorded and a graveside inurnment service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 20, at Floral Hill Cemetery in Neponset, where military honors will take place.
The Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo is assisting with arrangements.
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