Bernard G. (Bernie) Thompson Jr. of Neshkoro, Wis., passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh at the age of 75.
Bernie was born to parents Bernard and Irene (Bagley) Thompson on October 10, 1941 in Berlin. Bernie grew up in Gorham, and joined the Army at age 17. Finding his way to Neshkoro, Wis., Bernie and Elaine’s boats bumped into each other while fishing and soon married her after only a short courtship of three weeks. Bernie and Elaine married on October 12, 1963, at St. James Catholic Church in Neshkoro, Wis. Bernie and Elaine welcomed a daughter, Antoinette Thompson and a son, Bernard Thompson III.
Through the years Bernie worked for Timblin Transit out of Eden, Wis. Bernie was also an active member of the Neshkoro Veterans Post as well as the American Legion of Gorham. Bernie was a one-of-a-kind person with a sense of humor that lasted to the very end. Black is black and white is white, an honesty he had above all else. He enjoyed sharing his hobbies with his grand-children. Cribbage, solitaire and "war" were avidly played, and always competitive. Bernie loved hunting and fishing; getting a lifetime buck several years ago. He loved sitting outside, with his dog at his feet and a can of beer in his hand, watching his garden grow.
Bernie is survived by his wife, Elaine; daughter Toni (Craig) Mantei, Neshkoro, Wis.; son Bernie (Linda) Thompson, Stevens Point, Wis.; siblings, Wilfred (Janice) Thompson, New Hampshire; Betty (Fred) Rano, New Hampshire; Hughie (Lynn) Thompson, New Hampshire; Darlene (Mike) Patry, New Hampshire; Janice Vaughn, Ohio; grandchildren, Samantha (Ryan) Nowak, Wautoma, Wis.; Kristi (Josh Neitzke) Salentine, Berlin; Becky (Paul) Retzlaff, Berlin; Ben Mantei, Neshkoro; Andrew Mantei, Neshkoro, Wis.; Tori Cook, Neshkoro, Wis.; and great-grandchildren, Easton and Emmersyn Nowak, Brady, Evelyn, and Maverick Retzlaff, and Abigail Neitzke. He is preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law Paul Salentine.
A visitation will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, Neshkoro, Wis. A service will follow at 1 p.m. Following the service a luncheon will take place at Kayla’s Pub on Main Street in Neshkoro, Wis.
The family is grateful for condolences but respectfully declines flowers being sent but encourages plants or trees that can be planted at the family home.