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Eugene Dayton Thompson

  • Birth 26 Jul 1920 Worthington, Nobles County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 28 Jun 2012 California, USA
  • Burial Hughson, Stanislaus County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 92978862

The Modesto Bee
July 3, 2012

Gene Thompson was born in Worthington, Minnesota. He moved to Modesto at the age of 2 and spent his life in this valley town. He graduated from Modesto High School and Modesto Junior College. He was married to Elaine Crow for 52 years until her death in 1996 and was a loving father of four. Gene was an independent and self-made man of many talents. He had a wry sense of humor and was compassionate in a quiet way, often helping others in need.

Gene was an accomplished aviator and a proud B17 Captain with the Air Corps during WWII. He loved cars and creating innovative and aesthetic home improvement projects. Gene was a successful Modesto businessman and was in the car sales, manufacturing and real estate businesses. He skied, enjoyed constant renovations at the Cold Springs and Donner Lake houses, liked drinking wine and travelled extensively to Mexico and Europe. Later in life he surprisingly took up yoga in addition to his unfailing six day a week health club workout.

Following the death of Elaine, he married Gwenn Graham, and together they shared 9 happy years of travel and companionship.

Gene was also preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Rose Thompson, his older brother, Oliver Burdean Thompson, and his eldest son, Gene Jr.

He is survived by Gwenn; his children Shel (Marie-Merced) Thompson, Melissa (Mike) Lindell, Melanie (John) Curtis, and daughter-in-law, Sue Thompson; step-children, Jeff (Theresa) Graham, Kendall (David) Brightwell; his grandchildren Sean (Kristen), Christina (Jeremy), Romy (Lauren), Skye, Suzanne, John, Tim, Mattea, Wyatt, Steve (Christine), Wendy (Jeremy), Mitchell and Lily; and great-grandchildren Trevor, Mimi, Maya, Alex and Karly. Gene was one of a kind, we will miss his originality as well as his role as family patriarch.

A service will be held on Thursday July 5th at Wellspring Anglican Church 820 H Street, Modesto, California, followed by internment at Lakewood Cemetary 900 Santa Fe Avenue, Hughson, California 95326.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Hopsice or help those who are less fortunate because that is what Gene would have done.





  • Created by: Dean
  • Added: 3 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 92978862
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Eugene Dayton Thompson (26 Jul 1920–28 Jun 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 92978862, citing Lakewood Memorial Park, Hughson, Stanislaus County, California, USA ; Maintained by Dean (contributor 47277198) .