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Donald Thompson

Donald Thompson
Of Chelsea, Michigan

Age 76, passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Chelsea Community Hospital. He was born on June 9, 1936 in Inkster, MI, the son of John and Stella (Kostrzewa) Thompson. He had lived in the area since 1970, coming from Saline, and was the co-owner of Thompson’s Pizzeria in Chelsea, retiring in 2001. He enjoyed farming, red tractors, hunting, fishing, and playing all kinds of card games. On June 7, 1958 he married Denice C. DesArmo in Munising and she survives. Also suriving are four children: Dean (Colleen) Thompson of Chelsea, Dennis Thompson of Manchester, Diane (Jesse Jr.) Coburn of Chelsea, and David (Jody) Thompson of Tecumseh; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Nancy Moore of California; and sister-in-law, Doris Thompson of Ann Arbor. He was preceded in death by three brothers: Thomas, Jack, and Gerald Thompson, and two granddaughters, Delyn and Celora Thompson. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea with Rev. Dr. William J. Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Chelsea Community Fair.


-1 #5 Helen Niebuhr 2012-12-06 11:47
This is such sad news. Don towered over most of us. He observed from above and when words needed to be conveyed, he'd say them quietly and we listened. A sweet and gentle soul who spoke the truth and much could be learned from him. He had a heart of gold and it always showed. Life will not be the same without him in our world. Although we never were real in-laws, I always felt that we were. He had a way of making me feel included in the family and I will never forget his kindness. I loved him, too, and I mourn his loss more than words can ever say.

"I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. by Leo Buscalgia"

My sincere and deepest sympathies to Denice and his entire family.
-1 #4 Mary Jo Washam 2012-12-05 01:09
Going to miss our card games but don't worry I'll take care of Dennis and Arlene for you ha ha oh ya will also watch your loving wife Denice at the gambling places too
Love ya Rest in Peace Don
Mary Jo
0 #3 Suzanne Brush 2012-12-04 15:08
Feeling so much sadness. So many fond memmories at uncle Don and aunt Denice's house. Such a wonderful feeling of family. Hot summer days at the pool or warm fuzzy Christmas Eve's with lots of cousins. Uncle Don made me so proud to be a "Thompson". He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. I love you all. xoxo
0 #2 Erin Throneberry 2012-12-04 02:12
This is so sad to me....he was such a wonderful man, and quiet giant teddy bear. Don was a great guy to work with and work for, he will be deeply missed.
0 #1 Ken & Stacey Klovski 2012-12-04 02:01
Don's life depicted that of a true country gentleman.
Living across Lima Center Road from Don instilled a true sense of the importance of friend and farm. He was a wonderful neighbor.
While I was raised in Youngstown, Ohio, a steel town, I moved to Lima Center Rd with Ken in 1992. Ken grew up in Dexter, so he was familar with the countryside. To my surprise, I grew to love our little corner of the world. For shortly after we were settled, I remember looking out my kitchen window and seeing Don's steer, about 6 or 8 of them, on my patio just looking for a great place to graze... how quickly I learned!

Don is in our prayers and we will pray for solace for his beautiful family. May Don rest in peace.

Sincere sympathy to Denice and family.

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