The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Daily Item Obituaries

December 10, 2012

Gordon Thompson, 89, Lewisburg

LEWISBURG — Gordon Thompson, 89, of Skyline Avenue, originally from England, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at his home.

He was born Aug. 3, 1923, in Warrington, Lancashire County, England, a son of the late Anne Bina Thompson.

In 1938, at the age of 15, he ran away from home because he could not continue his education and joined the American Merchant Marines. He served with the Merchant Marines for 11 years, starting as an oiler and achieving the rank of junior engineer. Gordon loved books and reading, but he loved history and the law above all. He was self educated and taught American History to the service men during the second World War. Gordon was also a National Maritime Union organizer; and was on the Board of Trustees for the National Marine Historical Society. He took his last run on a ship in 1948 and left the Merchant Marines settling in New York.

In 1949, he founded and operated the David J. Thompson Mailing Corp in Queens, N.Y. In 1990, he moved the business to Berwick. He opened the Gordon Thompson Learning Center in Bloomsburg so his employees would have a place to take their children and keep them safe while they worked.

Everything Gordon did in his life was because it was the right thing to do. He did things to help make the world better. Gordon believed highly in education and set up a trust fund in England to help the less fortunate children receive an education. He was an AA speaker multiple times over and was on the first board of directors for the Fortune Society, which is dedicated to prison reform. Gordon was an active participant in the trade union movement and the civil rights movement.

Surviving are one daughter, Sharon G. Thompson, of  New York; one grandson, Edward J. Thompson-Hiross, of  New York; one son, David J. Thompson, of Sugarloaf; Gordon’s wife of nine years, Srihana “Oci” (Bone) Thompson, of  Lewisburg; two daughters, Linda Thompson, of Lewisburg and Dewi Orianna, of Indonesia; and one granddaughter, Agatha Nugroho, of Indonesia.

Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, South Second and St. Louis streets, Lewisburg, where a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Gary Hackenberg, retired United Church of Christ pastor, officiating.

The family will provide the flowers and suggests contributions in Gordon’s name be made to “The Gordon Thompson/ Molly Nelson Maddock Trust”, c/o Srihana Thompson, 391 Skyline Ave., Lewisburg, PA 17837. The trust provides a summer learning and educational experience for the impoverished kids from his home in England.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cronrathgrenoblefuneralhome.com.

 

1
Text Only
Daily Item Obituaries
  • rayrobbins.jpg Raymond D. Robbins, 90, Lewisburg

    LEWISBURG — Raymond Dewey Robbins, 90, of 4517 Crossroads Drive since 1964, entered into rest at 2:40 p.m. Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Nottingham Village, Northumberland, where he had been a resident since May 19.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • maryfultz.jpg Mary G. Fultz, 73, McClure

    McCLURE — Mary G. Fultz, 73, of Fultz Road, passed away on Sunday evening, July 20, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Barbara J. Kerstetter, 83, Northumberland

    NORTHUMBERLAND — Barbara J. Kerstetter, 83, of Cannery Road, a former resident of the Rockwell Retirement Center, Milton, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Milton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

    July 21, 2014

  • Kathryn C. Snyder, 96, Orange Park, Fla.

    ORANGE PARK, Fla. — Kathryn C. Snyder, 96, of Orange Park, formerly of Sunbury, Pa., passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014, at Haven Hospice in Orange Park.
     

    July 21, 2014

  • George R. Scholl, 63, Middleburg

    MIDDLEBURG — George R. Scholl, 63, of Globe Mills Road, passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014, at his home.
     

    July 21, 2014

  • Doris E. Henry, 76, Mifflinburg

    Services scheduled

    MIFFLINBURG — A memorial service for Doris E. Henry, 76, of Mifflinburg, who passed away on June 30, 2014, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 404 Market St., Mifflinburg.

    July 21, 2014

  • sbasom.jpg Scott M. Basom, 70, Lewisburg

    LEWISBURG — Scott MacDonald Basom, 70, a resident of Riverwoods Independent Community for the past year, formerly of 22 Bogar Lane, Mifflinburg, for 38 years, entered into rest at 6:55 a.m., Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Charles A. Pursley, 83, Winter Haven, Fla.

    WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Charles Albert Pursley, 83, of Cypresswood, Winter Haven, where he has resided since 1996, entered into rest on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at his residence.
    He lived in Lewisburg, Sharon, and Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

    July 20, 2014

  • Raymond D. Robbins, 90, Lewisburg

    LEWISBURG — Raymond D. Robbins, 90, formerly of Lewisburg, entered into rest at 2:40 p.m. Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Nottingham Village.

    July 20, 2014

  • Ramona R. Shadle, 79, Selinsgrove

    SELINSGROVE — Ramona Renn Shadle died Friday afternoon, July 18, 2014, at her home in Selinsgrove.

    July 20, 2014

The Daily Marquee
Funeral Arrangements
  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    BOWERSOX, CHAD D., 37, of Watsontown. Life celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Washingtonville Fire Hall, 19 Strawberry Ridge Road, Danville.

    CLARK, MICHAEL K., 67, of Sunbury. Visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 395 State St., Sunbury, followed by funeral at 2. Burial in Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington.

    DINSMORE, ELEANORE F., 83, of Selinsgrove. Celebration of life at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sharon Lutheran Church, 120 S. Market St., Selinsgrove. V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, Selinsgrove.

    HALL, ROBERT I., 102, of Watsontown. Visitation from 11 a.m. to noon today at Brooks Funeral Home, 124 Main St., Watsontown, followed by funeral at 12:15. Burial in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery.

    KARCHNER, RUTH M., 94, of Wake Forest, N.C. Visitation from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Visneski Funeral Home, 10 W Mahoning St., Danville, followed by funeral at 2. Burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Danville.

    KEEFER, NED E., 89, of Lewisburg. Visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. today at Shaw Funeral Home, 400 N. Front St., Milton, followed by funeral at 11. Burial in Highland Cemetery, New Columbia.

    RESSLER, GALE L., 63, of Sunbury. Visitation from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 395 State St., Sunbury, followed by a memorial service at 8.

    SHADLE, RAMONA R., 79, of Selinsgrove. Visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. today at V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N. High St., Selinsgrove, followed by funeral at 2.

    SHAFFER, SARAH J., 87, of Lewisburg, formerly of Watsontown. Visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, 308 Main St., Watsontown, followed by funeral at 1. Burial in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy.

    STEIMLING, FREDERICK A., 53, of Cashtown. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Monahan Funeral Home, 125 Carlisle St., Gettysburg. Visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Christ Chapel on the Gettysburg College campus, followed by funeral at 11. Burial in Flohrs Cemetery, McKnightstown.

     

    July 21, 2014