VALLEY CENTER, KS —
Rev. Everett Danial Thompson, 87, beloved dad, grandpa, brother and pastor, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 3, 2012.
He was born to Oscar Allen and Rachel Grace (Picket) Thompson at Merwin, Mo. He was one of four sons, the first having died in infancy. Harold was 3 years old when the twins, Everett and Ernest, were born.
He graduated from the Friends Academy at Haviland, Kan., in 1941. He also had two years of Junior College there. During the war he spent approximately 10 months doing alternate service with the Forest Service in California. After a few weeks he was trained as Foreman and Master Sawyer of a small sawmill. When a call came in of a forest fire the sawmill crew were the "first responders".
He applied for and transferred to Cherokee State Hospital in M.W. Iowa. It was while in Iowa he met Lola Julia Deppe, they were engaged in the spring of 1945. In the summer of 1946, he took a trip to Poland to take care of horses furnished by Church of the Brethren. Upon his return he stopped to visit his parents at Alba, Mo., where they pastored the Friends Church. Then he went to Wichita, Kan., finding work, he enrolled at Friends University.
Lola joined him there and they were married on her birthday Jan. 30, 1947. They moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where Everett attended Cleveland Bible College and received his ThB degree. Lola took some class at Lincoln Bible Institute (Now Lincoln Christian College).
Leon Appel became the minister of the First Christian Church, which they were attending. As the result of his message and an interview Everett was convinced he needed to be baptized by immersion. Mr. Appel baptized him on the first Sunday of January 1951.
They served churches in Ill., Mont., Wash., Kan., Colo., and Mo. He retired in December 1989. They moved to Joplin, January 1994. He worked at College Press for eight and one-half years to supplement his Social Security.
To the union of Everett and Lola, six children were born. He is survived by his children, Daniel Thompson, of Wichita, Miriam "Micki" (Mike) Hinnenkamp, of Benton, Deborah (Charles) Beard, of Springfield, Ill., Naomi (John) Hunter, of Joplin, , and James Thompson, of Wichita; brother, Ernest Thompson, of Newberg, Ore.; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Lola, son, Mark J. Thompson, parents, Oscar and Grace Thompson, brother, Harold Thompson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 8, at Baker Funeral Home, 100 S. Cedar, Valley Center. Services will be at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 9, at Valley Center Christian Church, 1801 E. 5th, Valley Center. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be sent to Valley Center Christian Church, P.O. Box 158, Valley Center, KS 67147.
Arrangements are by Baker Funeral Home, Valley Center. www.bakerfhvc.com
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