Kenneth K. Thompson, much beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, died surrounded by those who loved him on Friday, August 29th in his home in Union (Wa).
Ken was born in 1924 in Wilson, Oklahoma and grew up during the depression in the Dust Bowl. His early hard-dash scrabble life gave him a drive to succeed.
He joined the Marines at 17 and served proudly in the famous Black Sheep Squadron. He was serving as Ships Company aboard the USS Ben Franklin when it was bombed off the coast of Japan in 1945.
After WWII, he settled in Santa Barbara, California, married, raised a family, and went into business.
Ken was instrumental in the post war building boom in Santa Barbara. He eventually joined in the development of full-service car washes and finished his career in Dallas, Texas as a sales representative and distributor of car wash equipment. He was a successful entrepreneur and owner of seven car washes in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metro-plex.
In his spare time, Ken enjoyed golf (golf, golf, and more golf!) football, flying his Cessna and a good cigar.
His memorial will be held on Sunday, September 7th at 1:00 p.m. in the Alderbrook Golf and Yacht Clubhouse in Union (Wa).
If you wish, in lieu of flowers, please remember Ken with a donation to the New Community Church of Union (NCCU) building fund- (P.O. Box 232, Union, WA, 98592.)