Charles Elden Thompson

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Charles Elden Thompson

  On Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019, Charles Elden Thompson, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 67 at his home in Superior, Arizona. 

  Charles was born on Aug. 28, 1951 in Salem, Ohio, to Richard and  Mary Virginia Thompson. Charles went to David Anderson Junior/Senior High School in Lisbon, Ohio, where he was known as Pugsley and was part of the Class of 1969. 

  Charles served in the US Navy as an engine mechanic from 1970-1972 when he received an honorable discharge as a proud E1 after his service in Vietnam. On Dec. 21, 1984, he married Teresa Marie Rhoden. They spent 42 years together. They raised four sons, Charles Eugene Thompson, Daniel Lee Thompson, Dustin Allen Thompson and Kyle Aaron Thompson and one daughter, Shannon Marie Thompson. 

  Charles was a diehard Pittsburg Steelers fan and he was an avid veterans rights activist. He loved the outdoors, watching thunderstorms, playing his guitar and spending time with his dogs: Mr. Foxy Brown, Sissy and Blinky Marie. His main love was his family and those who knew him also knew his love for music. In 1993 he had became A Luthier and built a line of Thompson Guitars. 

  Charles was preceded in death by his grandfather. John Bethel Thompson, grandmother, Olga Thompson, father, Richard, mother, Mary Virginia Thompson, brother, Richard Lee Thompson and his sister, Jeanie Lin Hiner. He is survived by his wife, Teresa Marie Thompson; his five children, Charles, Daniel, Dustin, Shannon (Alex) and Kyle; four grandchildren, Benjamin Aaron John Thompson, Rohen Erin Thompson, Alex Navarro III and Dax Curzon Navarro; two brothers, Harold Wayne Thompson (Melanie) and James William Thompson (Elizabeth); sister, Jackie Lou Hiner (Jim); and many nieces and nephews. 

  Rest In that better place, pops. Could have sworn you’d live forever and we know that you knew how much all of us loved you. But we didn’t get a last time… We love you so much, pops, nobody could have asked for a cooler dad. And if you are watching down on all of us, we will ride the waves on our own just as you did and we all do. You were a great man and stayed strong in times that demanded you to pull through. With a house of five it had to be a battle but I’d like to think you won. And there’s five pieces of you around and that special piece in mom who you shared your life with. We are glad for everything dad. 

  “When you lose the one you love, you think your world has ended. You think your world will be a waste of life without them in it. You feel there’s no way to go on. Life is just a sad, sad song. But love is bigger than us all, The end is not the end at all.”  

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