Donald L. Thompson went to be with the Lord on October 26, 2013.
Donald Thompson was born on January 10, 1926, the son of Herbert and Inez Thompson. He was born on the homestead farm (Vernon Dell) and lived there most of his life.
He attended Calcutta Grade School, graduated from East Liverpool High School, and studied at Geneva College majoring in Accounting.
Donald served in the 5th Infantry Division in Italy during World War II. Following the end of the European war, before his discharge, Don played baseball on a semi-pro team throughout Italy.
Following Don’s discharge from the service, he joined his brother in a partnership. For 27 years, they owned and operated a retail dairy and ice cream plant. They made thousands of popsicles for Sealtest Dairy and placed the first Ice Cream Joe trucks throughout the Tri-State area.
In 1970, the family business was sold, and the brothers started Vernon Dell Tractor Sales. It is still in operation today. They also increased the family farm to a huge purebred Herford farm, raising as many as 200-300 cattle at a time. They enjoyed traveling across the US buying and selling cattle.
For years, Don served on the Columbiana County Fair Steer Committee, The Ohio l Hereford Association, the Columbiana County and State’s Cattlemen’s Association, Secretary of Eastern Ohio Hereford Association, and was a supporter of the EL and Calcutta Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the EL Alumni Association.
The most rewarding time in Don’s life was working on the farm with his children and showing cattle at the county and state fairs. He was also an avid sports fan, following his sons’ sports career, the Steelers and the Pirates.
Following Don’s retirement, he saw the need for development in the Calcutta area; therefore he went into the real estate business. He was instrumental in bringing the first senior development to Calcutta as well as the Calcutta Health Care Facility. He also helped secure the property for Ogilvies and Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Home.
Don was a member of the Calcutta UP Church for 77 years. At one time or another, he served as elder, trustee, Sunday School teacher, and choir member. One of his favorite projects was the Calcutta UP Cemetery. He served as president for 35 years seeing that it was a beautiful cemetery on the hill in Calcutta.
Don leaves the love of his life, Mary Eleanor Pugh Thompson. They were married for 64 years. He leaves his children: Sondra Thompson (Dick) Sweat, Marcie (Steve) Skrinjar, Nancy (Tim) Schmid, Donald (Jodie) Thompson, and Phil (Vicki) Thompson. He also leaves a very special friend and neighbor, David (Sally) Louk. He also leaves his precious grandchildren: Scott (Bea) Pattie, Terry Pattie, Noah (Janelle) Skrinjar, Donald Thompson, Jeremy (Carly) Thompson, Bobby (Sarah) Thompson, Jessica Thompson, Ashley (Justin) Vasiliades, Andrew Thompson, and Hayley Thompson. He also leaves three great grandchildren: Casey and Trey Pattie, and Aidan Vasiliades.
In addition to his parents and siblings, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Nicholas Skrinjar.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Netwicks Nursing Home, Foxcrest Home Health Care special aide, Maggie Mercer, and Hospice of the Valley for all they did for Don in his battle with cancer.
Services will be held at the Calcutta United Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at 11:00 AM with Rev. Tom Clyde of Zelienople, Pa. and a former
Minister of the church officiating. Burial will follow in the Calcutta U.P. Cemetery.
Family will receive friends at the Calcutta Chapel of the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm and 1 hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Calcutta UP Cemetery Association at 16337 SR 267, East Liverpool, Ohio 43290 or Hospice of the Valley at 5190 Market Street Youngstown, Ohio 44512-2189.
Friends may see this obituary or send condolences online at www.altmeyer.com.