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Charles William Thompson

November 5, 1925 ~ January 22, 2018 (age 92)

Charles William Thompson Jr, born to Charles William Thompson Sr and Ida Josephine Daubenberger on November 5, 1925 in Detroit, MI, passed away after a short illness on January 21, 2018 at the age of 92. He was the husband of Mary Ellen Thompson (June 14, 1928–February 1, 2006) and father of four living children: Susan Patricia Thompson, Kenneth William Thompson, Charles William Thompson, and Scott William Thompson. He was also the grandfather of ten living grandchildren, great-grandfather of twelve (one deceased), and uncle to his older brother Tom's six children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be sorely missed by them all.

Charles, or Chuck as he was known, served in the US Army Air Forces during World War II as an ace airplane mechanic stationed in Texas. He later earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from University of Detroit. After designing for several years in the Detroit automotive industry, he was recruited from a (then) little known company called Hewlett-Packard where he enjoyed a very long and happy career as one of H-P's first mechanical engineers. He made his home in Sunnyvale and later in San Jose, CA and Henderson, NV. He was a Boy Scout Leader, Little League coach, and math tutor extraordinaire when his children were young, and he spent many happy retirement years with Mary Ellen and his family. He loved golf and kept playing into his 90s.

Chuck was the epitome of "straight and narrow." He always kept his word, even with RSVPs. He had a quick wit, a ready laugh, and always appreciated a good joke. He loved Mary Ellen and all of his family dearly. His impeccable ethics and commitment to family strength and harmony are a living inspiration to all who knew him.

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