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32814 Utica Road
Fraser, MI 48026
Phone: (586) 293-3390
Fax: (586) 293-5837
Richard Thompson

Richard Irvin Thompson

Friday, December 13th, 1940 - Friday, January 3rd, 2020
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Richard Irvin Thompson, a three-year resident of Farmington Hills and former resident of Fraser for over 48 years, was received into the loving arms of Jesus on January 3, 2020 at the age of 79 years.

Dick was born in Park City, Kentucky on December 13, 1940, the son of Irvin and Mary Edith (Philpott) Thompson. Dick was united in marriage to his beloved wife, Rita E. Thompson, on March 25, 1967 in Grosse Pointe Presbyterian Church. The couple made their home in St. Claire Shores before moving to Fraser. He loved the games of golf, tennis, and all sports that had anything to do with a ball. He held a Master’s Degree in Physical Education and was a Phys. Ed. teacher and coach at South Lake High School, retiring in 2000 after 38 years. He was also very active with the Boy Scouts of America. He loved woodworking and making things around the house and for his family. A very caring man, he would bring a smile to everyone's face and never met a stranger. Dick will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Richard is survived by his loving wife Rita; his devoted children Beth (Tony) Nagle, Michael (Jessie), Gregory (Cassandra), Mary (Kel Lewis) Thompson, and Heather (Fred) Melnyk; his eight loving grandchildren Allie, Charlotte, Ross, Maddie, Violet, Levi, Jill, and Caleb; and his sister Lou Ira (Clyde) Salley.

Visitation will be held at the Faulmann & Walsh Golden Rule Funeral Home, 32814 Utica Rd. Fraser on Monday from 2:00 pm till 8:00 pm and on Tuesday evening at First Baptist Church of Farmington Hills, 33400 Shiawassee Rd. from 5pm until time of service at 6:30pm with desserts to follow. Burial will take place in Evergreen Cemetery, Park City, Kentucky on Thursday at a time to be announced. Memorial contributions in his honor in lieu of flowers to Dorothy & Peter Brown Adult Day Program, 6720 W. Maple , West Bloomfield Michigan 48322 or to First Baptist Church of Farmington Hills appreciated.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, January 6th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, January 6th, 2020 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Faulmann & Walsh Golden Rule Funeral Home
    32814 Utica Road
    Fraser, Michigan 48026
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm
    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 5:00pm - 6:30pm
    First Baptist Church of Farmington
    33400 Shiawassee Road
    Farmington, MI 48335
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  • Third Visitation

    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 |
    Thursday, January 9th, 2020
    Park City United Methodist Church
    67 Mammoth Cave Street
    Park City, Kentucky 42160
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  • Service

    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 | 6:30pm
    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 6:30pm
    First Baptist Church of Farmington
    33400 Shiawassee Road
    Farmington, MI 48335
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    Instate beginning at 5pm
  • Interment

    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 |
    Thursday, January 9th, 2020
    Evergreen Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Park City, KY


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Christopher Hughes

Posted at 09:20pm
My thoughts and prayers to the Thompson family. I had the opportunity to play football for coach in 1974 and 1975. I have never met another coach who had all the attributes he had helping to shape young athletes lives. I know he will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

Seeri L Thompson

Posted at 11:00am
Mr. Thompson was a teacher to me, all 4 years that I attended South Lake. Started with Science class in 9th grade, 2 years he was Home Room teacher & final year Study Hall. The last time I saw him was 1987, I was home (St. Clair Shores) visiting my parents. I went over to South Lake, just for fun & there he the gym. It was summer vacation so there were no students around. He knew me immediately, we had a lot of fun talking "the old days". I now live in Louisville & every WKU game that's on t.v. I think about him. I heard of his passing today, from a dear friend back home. So very sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace in God's loving arms. Seeri (Johnson) Thompson

Janet Dundas

Posted at 09:59pm
Dick was such a positive teacher, coach and role model at South Lake High for students and staff . Miss those days! Janet Dundas

Nathan french

Posted at 06:17pm
Sending our love and aloha during this time. Mr. Thompson was a great man! -Nathan French

Jim and Lois Scholma and Family

Posted at 03:15pm
We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief.
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