Ralph E. Thompson, 77, Brazil, died Sunday at 6 a.m. at St. Vincent Clay Hospital.
Born Dec. 12, 1929, in St. Joe County in South Bend, he was the son of John and Henrietta (Fuller) Thompson.
He graduated from Washington Clay High School in South Bend and then joined the Navy.
He served in the Navy for two years and then later reenlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in Korea and was discharged Jan. 19, 1957.
Following his years in the Army, he attended Barber College in Indianapolis, where he learned his life-long craft of cutting and styling hair. Ralph was proud to say he was a barber for 44 years.
On Jan. 18, 1958, he married Leah Hudson Thompson. She survives.
He was a member of the Brazil Elks Lodge and the American Legion Post No. 2. He enjoyed spending time gardening, feeding the wildlife in their backyard at home and just time puttering. He also was an airplane enthusiast.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Peggy Thompson and nephew Johnny Jenkins.
Survivors include wife Leah, Brazil; son Ralph Thompson II and Cheryl, Brazil; daughters Diana Jordon and husband Jim, Greenville, S.C., Julie Stuart and husband Dan, Bellingham, Wash., and Jana Guoli and husband Tim, Mecca; three grandsons, four granddaughters, six great-grandchildren, sister Marjorie Palen and husband Richard, New York Mill, Minn.; brother Darrell Thompson and wife Mary Ann, Mishawaka; sister-in-law Dorinda Joslin, Sullivan; several nieces, nephews and other extended family.
Services will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lawson-Miller Chapel, with son-in-law Tim Guoli officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery.
Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and again Thursday prior to services.
Pallbearers will include Ralph Thompson II, Tim Guoli, Dan Stuart, Austin Guoli, Roy Hassler and Joe Holechko.