Feb 182011

Elwood Allan Thompson, 83, of Snowflake passed away surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Sierra Blanca Rehabilitation Center in Lakeside. Viewings and visitations will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Owens Livingston Mortuary-Heritage Chapel, located at 84 E. 19th S., Snowflake and one hour prior to the services. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 21, at the Main Street Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 48 N. Main St. in Snowflake. Interment will be in the R.V. “Mike” Ramsay Memorial Cemetery.

Elwood was born Jan. 25, 1928, in Newark, Ohio, to the late Arthur and Bennie (Simmons) Thompson.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Elwood served in Occupied Japan, where he holds the record for the longest teletyped message from Japan to Washington.

He served as a supervisor for many different construction companies, including Oakland, ICS, Porter Brothers and Chris Evans, where he helped build many buildings throughout Arizona. Those buildings include the Arizona Public Service Co. building in Snowflake, Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, Ganado High School, Indian Wells Elementary School and the Domes in Heber.

He will be missed by many.

He was a loving husband to Karen Thompson of Snowflake; father to Debi (Craig Sr.) Rutherford of Snowflake, Linda (Ervin) Hatch of Mesa, Jill (Cole) Morris of Lake Havasu, BethAnn (Matt) Sands of Keller, Texas, Doug Barnes of Snowflake, James Christopher (Elizabeth) Thompson of Victoria, Texas, and Mike (LaRen) Thompson of Snowflake; Pop to Bev, Mark, Vicky, Juliene, Eddie and Becky; grandpa to Jenifer, Jessica, Craig Jr., Curtis, Sara, Bonny, Joseph, Chad Kylie, CJ, Case, Emma, Nicole, Sam, Max, Brennon, Jurnee, Tyler, Mason, Ryker, Aiden, Beckett and Everly; and great-grandpa to Sebastian, Gage and Kambry (or “Toyota,” as great-grandpa would say).

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jack Barnes; and a great-grandson, Benjamin Johnson.