Rev. Luther M. Thompson
3/2/1928 - 3/9/2018
PEKIN ~ Luther Myrl "Luke" Thompson, Sr., 90, was welcomed into the Kingdom of God at 1:40 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2018 at Pekin Manor.
He was born March 2, 1928 in Edwardsville to John and Nellie (Fergeson) Thompson.
He is survived by his wife, Rosalee Thompson of Galesburg.
He was blessed with a large and loving family. Surviving are two daughters, Cathy (Paul) Lewellen of Rockford and Susan (Darrell) Hill of Pekin; five sons, Luke Jr. (Diane) Thompson of Leesville, Louisiana, John (Sheila Keith) Thompson and Larry (Lynn McElhaney) Thompson, both of Cape Coral, Florida, Paul (Barb) Thompson of Pekin and Jef (Tonda) Thompson of Peoria, from his first wife, Retta Thompson. He is also survived by seventeen grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clifford (Vera) Thompson of Florence, Colorado and Waymen (Beverly) Thompson of Mountain Grove, Missouri; and one sister-in-law, Thadeena Bryant Thompson.
He was preceded by his parents; his first wife, Retta Thompson; one brother; and two sisters.
Luke enlisted into the Army Air Corps in August 1945 where he remained stationed in the states. In June 1946, he was assigned to Yokohama, Japan and ended his duty in April 1947 as corporal. Luke was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal.
In 1942, at the age of 15, Luke met his love and first wife, Retta May Brashears who was 12. They were married May 17, 1946 during a 30 day furlough he received for re-enlisting for one more year in the Army Air Corps.
Luke became a pastor for the Church of God of Prophecy at the age of 30. He and Retta loved the Lord and devoted their lives to sharing the gospel. He was an enthusiastic and energetic minister who loved to tell funny stories about his family during his sermons.
He also became an electrician by trade and used his talent building and remodeling churches everywhere he pastored. He was a jack of all trades and could repair most anything.
He was a minister for the Church of God, pastoring in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri and Colorado. He served as a pastor for over 30 years. He also served as a Chaplain on the terminally ill ward for Methodist Medical Center, a mentor at Faith, Hope & Love and at Cook County Jail. He had a big heart and never missed an opportunity to help those in need.
Luke met Rosie Davis in January 2007 and they married June 2, 2007. Rosie was a widow and Christian, so they shared a lot in common. They both loved God and working in the church. They enjoyed volunteering at the hospital and the elementary school where they taught Bible lessons. For several years, they traveled to Florida for the winter where they made many friends. Luke and Rosie have shared nearly 11 years of marriage.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor Jeff Stark will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin, where military honors will be provided by the United States Army and the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Galesburg Rescue Mission at P.O. Box 591 Galesburg, IL 61402-0591.