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He was born Sept. 18, 1923, in Escanaba, and was the son of Oral and Audrey (Shafer) Thompson. Barney attended school in Boney Falls and later received an Honorary High School Diploma from Escanaba High School. Barney served in the U.S. Navy as a radio man during World War II. He was employed at Escanaba Paper Company and later Mead Paper Company until his retirement on March 31, 1989.
Barney married the former Mary A. Terrien on Nov. 12, 1947, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Flat Rock and through their union they were blessed with four children. Mary preceded him in death on Nov. 13, 2000. Barney was a member Mead 25 Year Club, a faithful member of AA for over 35 years, a charter member of the Escanaba River American Legion Post 115.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, taking his girls on their annual shopping excursion, collecting guns and making maple syrup in the spring of the year with his brother and nephews. Barney spent the winter in Donna, Texas, with his friends at Magnolia Park.
Barney P. Thompson is survived by: son, Patrick (Vivian) Thompson of Dwight, Ill.; daughters, Mary (Michael) Drumheller of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and Rita (Bruce) Boger of Brimley, Mich.; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert "Bob" Thompson of Boney Falls; several nieces and nephews; special friend, Bernice Moritz of Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Besides his wife, Mary, Barney was preceded in death by his parents; his son Michael; granddaughter, Danielle and brother, Oral.
Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, June 21, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Barney Thompson will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Father Emmett Norden officiating. Delta County Veteran's Council services and burial will take place at the Gardens of Rest Cemetery following the funeral services at the Anderson Funeral Home. The Anderson Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements and online condolences can be sent to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomes.net.