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Allen Eugene Thompson

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Allen Eugene Thompson

August 31, 1931 ~ March 16, 2014

Allen Eugene Thompson was born to Alvie Gunder and Grace (Ritchie) Thompson in Cambridge, NE on August 31, 1931. He was the oldest of three children. His siblings were Norman, Roy and Andrea. They lived on a small farm for many years, raising their own animals and produce, until harder times during the Depression and dust bowl took them to McCook, NE. Later, they returned to Cambridge, where Al attended and graduated from high school. He was active in sports, including football, basketball and track. After graduation, Al joined the Navy and served four years in the Korean War, being recruited to quarterback Navy in the 1954 Poinsettia Bowl. After returning to the States, he met and married Charlotte A. Palmer and they moved to Lincoln, NE, where Al attended University of Nebraska and received his degree in Civil Engineering. Al went to work for the Forest Service and lived in several cities in Idaho, Utah and Washington during his career. He inspected ski lifts and designed many forest roads and campgrounds. From time to time, he would be tapped to go fight major forest fires across the country. His first trip to the Wenatchee area was during the major fires in late 1960s. He transferred to the Wenatchee National Forest district in 1973, and his work here included some design on the Pacific Crest Trail and in the North Cascades. Al and Charlotte had four children and many family trips included going to the mountains or old town sites, searching for old bottles or artifacts from earlier times. Al loved to garden and always had a big garden in whatever town he lived. He retired from the Forest Service in 1987, and went to work for Chelan County, working on special road projects. He later worked for Douglas County and helped design the Loop Trail in East Wenatchee. In 1991, he met and married Barbara Edison. Al loved the outdoors and always thought of himself as a farmer. For many years, he enjoyed working in his small cherry orchard. He was a real sports fan. He coached his daughters, who were involved in high school and AAU track, and when he was 60, he joined the Senior Softball league. He played with the Wenatchee softball league and in 2002, started to spend winters in Arizona, where he was able to play softball all winter long.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Thompson of Wenatchee; four children, Dawne (Dave) Shreiner and Dixie Randall of East Wenatchee, Dori Thompson of Bellevue WA, and Bill (Jan) Thompson of Portland, OR; two step-sons, Greg (Ollileen) Edison and Todd (Tess) Edison, both of Wenatchee; and four grandchildren, Shane and Brooke Randall, and Eric and Mark Shreiner.

A Celebration of Al’s Life will be held at a later date. The family would like to express gratitude to Central Washington Home Health and Hospice for support and care provided during the last part of his life. The family requests that any donations in Al’s memory be made to the Cancer or Alzheimer’s foundations.

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