Born: January 2, 1939 Died: February 11, 2014
THOMPSON, PAUL FREDERICK (FRED) - age 75, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 11, 2014. He was at home surrounded by his family as his three year battle against Lou Gehrig's Disease came to an end.
Fred was born in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1939 to Paul and Margaret Thompson.
He graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School and joined the Marine Corps soon after graduation. He served our country for three years. Much of his time was spent on the USS Boxer as an aircraft mechanic. After his military service, Fred graduated from Tristate University with a degree in mechanical engineering. During his career as an engineer, Fred worked for General Electric, Colorado Ute and Arizona Public Service.
Fred and Rebecca married in 1970. They would have celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary this year. Together they have three children. The family resided in Michigan, Colorado, Arizona and Tennessee. Fred was a talented craftsman. He is best known for building a bi-plane, sailboat, and restoring antique cars. Fred was a family man. He never missed an event that had to do with one of his children or beloved grandchildren.
Fred is survived by his wife, Rebecca Thompson ; children and spouses, Fred Thompson Jr. (Lisa), Tara Dovenbarger (Dave) and Susanna Evalenko (Rob). He is also survived by his sister, Diane Augspurger. Fred is leaving behind ten grandchildren. Special thanks to Amedysis Hospice of Sweetwater, TN, for their compassionate care for and encouragement of Fred during his illness.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2014, with a celebration of life to follow at 3:00 p.m. in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel. Graveside services will be at Pleasant Forest. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The ALS Association Tennessee Chapter, P.O. Box 40244, Nashville, TN 37204-0244.
Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die", John 11:25.