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Tuesday April 25th, 2017
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Irvin Gerald Thompson

Thompson – Irvin Gerald, 98, Myrtle Beach, SC, formerly of Johnstown, went to be with the Lord on April 20, 2017 at Reflections Assisted Living at Carolina Forest, Myrtle Beach, SC. Born on January 26, 1919 in Mineral Point, son of Joseph and Agnes (Page) Thompson. Preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Geneva Uphouse Thompson; 2nd wife, Gloria Woodring Thompson; 3rd wife, Geraldine Leary Thompson; sons, Gerald Jr., Tommy and Joseph and a brother, Kenneth Thompson. He is survived by his loving children, Trudy, wife of Bob Yost, Norwalk, CA, Connie, wife of Dennis Gilbert, Fallbrook, CA, Diane, wife of Steve Beavers, Rawling, MD, and Janice, wife of Ed Dello, Huntersville, NC. Brother of Janet Rose, San Diego, CA. Also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Gerald served in the US Navy during WW II. He retired from Con-Rail, after 39 years of service, as a Freight Conductor. Gerald was a member of Summit Chapel United Methodist Church, Wesley Chapel, and also attended the First United Methodist Church in Myrtle Beach, SC. He was an avid fan of NASCAR and Jeff Gordon; the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers. Gerald will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. His family would like to thank the staff at Reflections Assisted Living and Embrace Hospice, who always treated Gerald with love and respect. Friends will be received from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Chapel, with the Rev. Keith H. Lohr officiating and military rites by Menoher Post #155 VFW Ritual Team. The family suggests contributions be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 in memory of Irvin. Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.

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I only got to meet my Uncle Gerald a few times since we lived in San Diego, CA. One memory that I will never forget is when he came to our rescue. My mom (Gerald's sister) divorced my father when I was very young. On what was supposed to be a 4 hour visit with my father, he hooked up his trailer to his vehicle and abducted my sister Lori and I (she was 4, I was 6). We were taken from our mom for approx 3 months and ended up in Illinois. My mom used every last dollar to her name to purchase a one way plane ticket to come find us. Once she was reunited with us and we had no way to get home to California, my Uncle Gerald drove out from Pennsylvania to pick us up. I remember he had coloring books and crayons in the car for us. I was happy to visit with him many years later. I was in Pennsylvania visiting my brother David and family, and it was nice to be able to introduce my daughter Kayla to him. RIP Uncle Gerald

Lisa Spencer (niece) Apr 26 2017 12:00 AM

What can I say about my handsome dad. He meant the world to me. As a child I remember it seemed like he was always gone on the railroad providing for his family but when he was home he was the kind of father any child could have wanted. Dad named me Trudy but it wasn't long until he was calling me bear because of my grumpy disposition as a baby. That name stuck to me even until the last time we talked. Our family had a hunting camp near Lock Haven PA. As a child as well as an adult those times at camp were the best ever. Although life sometimes separates you through no fault of your own the bond we shared as father and daughter couldn't be broken. I will miss you dad but the memories we shared are deep in my heart and We will be together again with our God. Love you so much. Bear

Trudy Thomoson Yost Apr 25 2017 12:00 AM

I didnt know my grandfather when I was growing up. My mom had moved away from him at an early age and the distance was a barrier. She always talked about our Grandpa Gerald. How he worked in a coal mine, and on the railroad. I remember a picture of him in his Navy uniform and the ocean in the background. My mom and I visited him not too long ago, I was excited to finally meet him. We ate lunch together and watched Singing in the Rain (twice). The whole time his toe was tapping to the beat. During that week I made him a blanket to remind him of our time together. He knew the blanket was a big hug from me and my mom, and to remind him of our love. He is with the Lord now, resting in His love and I am so thankful for the time we had together. Rest in Peace Grandpa Gerald, I love you.

Sharon Holt (Gilbert) Apr 25 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Irvin Thompson

Janet Rose, his sister Apr 25 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Irvin Thompson

Lisa Spencer, his niece Apr 25 2017 12:00 AM

No one can prepare you for a "loss". It comes like a swift wind. However, take comfort in knowing that Grandpa Gerald now resting in the arms of our Lord. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

Dennis & Dawn Gilbert Apr 25 2017 12:00 AM

My Father Gerald was a loving father of my youth. He taught me to ride a bicycle, use a fishing pole, and even clean the rabbits and squirrels he brought home from his hunting trips. We went places together in the car, and I was always encouraging him to go faster over the "whoop-de-dos." Oh yes, I was spoiled, if mom said "no", dad always said "yes".
Dad and I had a time in our life where our paths led in different directions.
He was married to Geraldine, when God began to pull us back together. I know he is home with the Lord now, more alive than he has ever been, he can talk, run and finally be face-to-face with his Savior. I am rejoicing for him though my heart is weeping for me, I thank God for the time He gave Dad and I, one-on-one, where we covered our past with forgiveness and built our love on the present. Please pray for our family as we knit our hearts in remembrance of the joy Dad brought to each of us in this life, knowing it is not the end but the beginning of eternity.

Connie Gilbert Apr 24 2017 12:00 AM

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