Donald Thompson

February 5, 1943 ~ October 2, 2020 (age 77)


Donald (Donnie) Thompson, 77, of Danville, passed away at 12:45 pm, Friday, October 2, 2020, at his home.  He was born on February 5, 1943, in Beardstown, IL, the son of Donald and Ethel Kester.  


Don is survived by his loving wife Selma, a son, Skip (Shelly) Thompson, a daughter, Tracie Hunt (Mike Howie), a daughter Jodi (Chad) Wright, a bonus daughter Jennifer Wright, a sister, Linda (Morestatter) and numerous family and friends, including a four-legged fur baby named Molly.  He leaves behind 6 grandchildren who loved Paw-Paw very much; Tommy, Cady, Carley, Kendall, Benjamin and Brooklynn, along with 3 bonus grandchildren; Cole, Casy and Cami (Howie).  Don was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers; Russel and Rick.

Don was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danville, IL.  He retired from Hyster (NACCO) after 30 years of service.  In his years after retirement, Don was active in the local Mustang car club and enjoyed restoring these classics and participating in area car shows. Don devoted much of his time and knowledge in helping his kids remodel their own homes.  He enjoyed his Grandchildren very much and could always be found attending school plays, sports activities and dance recitals. Don’s favorite activity was spending time with his family.  He kept his family close through pool parties, vacations, Holiday dinners and all of the year’s different celebrations. Don enjoyed RVing and seeing different parts of the Country in his final years.  Don and Selma were able to winter in Florida during the past several years and he also leaves behind a lot of close friends that were made during these journeys.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at Kruger Coan Pape Funeral Home, 10 E. Williams St. Danville, Illinois 61832.  Private family services will take place, with burial at Lutheran Cemetery.   

In lieu of flowers, Don had requested donations could be made instead to the American Cancer Society, or to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danville, IL. 

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October 7, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Kruger-Coan-Pape Funeral Home
10 E. Williams Street
Danville, IL 61832

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