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Bill Thompson

September 29, 1938 — June 29, 2021

William (Bill) Ronald Thompson passed peacefully from this world on June 29, 2021. He was born September 29, 1938, to Alvin Thompson and Stella Simpson in Salt Lake City, Utah.  

Bill met his lifelong sweetheart Ruby Denise Waters when they were 11 years old and married November 19, 1955. Together they had three sons: William Kevin (Denise), Ronald Lee (Mary, Sheila, & Jennifer), and Jeffrey Lynn (Brenda). His sons blessed him with 9 granddaughters and 2 grandsons: Amanda (Skebo), Nicole (Paul), Hollye, Stephanie, Melissa (Rodrigo), Telicia (Matt), Josh (Vanessa), Jordan (Maddie), Candace (Colt), Ronilea (Tim), and Dani (Jay). He was also blessed with 27 great-grandchildren and their spouses who gave him five great-great-grandchildren.

Later in his life he met and married Karen Grow Wahlberg Thompson and they enjoyed many years together. He joined the military in 1961 and served with the Army National Guard until 1963. He then went on to work for the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Department for 12 years and Kennecott for 35 years as a millwright. After he retired, he had the opportunity to be a part of the 2002 Olympics as a chauffeur, which he enjoyed immensely.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed the work he did for the  church. He loved his family and loved to be outdoors. He loved his trips to Alaska with his sons, brothers, and nephews. He loved to camp and hunt at Soldier Summit with all his extended family, but the thing he loved to hunt the most was gold.

He was preceded in death by his youngest son Jeff; his parents; and brothers Lanny, Mickey, and Tommy.

He is survived by his oldest brother Abby.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday July 7, 2021, 12:00 noon at Utah Veterans Memorial Park, 17111 South Redwood Road, Bluffdale, Utah. A viewing will be held prior to services Wednesday from 10-11:00 a.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road, Taylorsville, Utah.

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Viewing Service

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

10:00 - 11:00 am (Mountain time)

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Graveside Service

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Starts at 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

Utah Veterans Memorial Park

17111 S Redwood Rd, Bluffdale, UT 84065

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