Bill J. Thompson, 90, of Shawnee, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, at his home.

Bill J. Thompson, 90, of Shawnee, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, at his home.

He was born Oct. 17, 1926, in Dallas, Texas, to J.W. and Helen Lois (Pierson) Thompson.

Bill was raised in Texas and Oklahoma as a child. He settled in Macomb in 1969 where he lived until moving to Shawnee in 2010.

He proudly served his country in the 7th Army Air Force during WWII and was honorably discharged.

Bill married Betty Jo Krapff on June 25, 1949, in Oklahoma City.

He was a rancher for 15 years and served as county commissioner for four years. Bill worked for Trans Con Freight Lines for 17 years as a truck driver. Then he owned and operated Yellow Cab Company and Charter Bus Service until 1992. After his retirement he refurbished heavy equipment.

Bill was a member of the Macomb Lodge #310 A.E. & A.M. and was a member of the Guthrie Consistory, India Temple, VFW in Midwest City and a member of the Tecumseh Masonic Lodge #69. He loved being a 32 degree Mason and loved to work and enjoyed flying his plane.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.W. Thompson and Helen Williamson; and brother, J.L. Thompson.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 67 ½ years, Betty Jo Thompson of the home; daughter, Elaine Shrum of Shawnee; son, Jimmy Jay and Jan Thompson of Georgetown, Texas; six grandchildren, Scott Thompson, Dallas, Texas, Leslie and Shane Wright of Shawnee, Ginger and Darrel DeShazo of Holly Lake Ranch, Texas, Lisha and Chris Vogler of Georgetown, Texas, Kelli Smith of Austin, Texas, and Jennifer and John Leach of Yukon; seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family and special friends.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 22, and continue through service time.

Service will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 22, at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Bob Peterson of Tecumseh Masonic Lodge and Bob Krinsky officiating. Burial will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

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