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Earl L. "Vern" Thompson
Earl L. "Vern" Thompson, age 84, of Walnut, passed away on April 28, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family with the help of Vitas Hospice.
Vern was born in Pontiac, IL to Earl and Ruth (Bressner) Thompson on June 27, 1932. On July 29, 1956, Vern married Ruth E. Hemken from Flanigan, IL. At that time, he drove a truck for Lee Trucking and then for Chicago Express. In 1968, he moved his family to Princeton, IL to start a new career in the restaurant business. He became manager of Mr. Quick, the first fast food restaurant in the area. From there, he had Burger Inn at the fairgrounds (with partners). Then came The Loading Zone by the railroad tracks for ten years. At the same time, Vern also had a restaurant called North Wind on North Main. When Mr. Quick closed, he turned that building into the Waffle Inn. He also owned Dairy Sweet in Sheffield, Oak Ridge north of Ohio and managed Dairy Queen in Aurora until 1991 when he retired from the restaurant business.
Vern enjoyed gardening, taking care of his yard, boating and fishing. He also enjoyed having his cats around him. His big, black cat, Inksie, even traveled with him and Ruth. Later, he had Punkin, Buster, Ebony and Skeeter.
After retiring from the restaurants and moving to the Old Pope School House, which is outside of Walnut, he enjoyed helping his friend and neighbor, Duane Jacobs, with farming. He would work up the fields for planting and he hauled grains to the elevator. Vern enjoyed being with mother nature and helping out his friends.
Vern is survived by his wife, Ruth, of 60 years; one daughter, Debra Moreland; three sons, Jerry (Tammy) Thompson, Mark (Caroline) Thompson and Tony (Christine) Thompson; five sisters, Joanie (Bill) Beck, Fay (Ernie) Ledford, Kay Thompson, Patti (Keith) Verdum and Jan (Jeff) Falk; his brother-in-law, Paul (Rita) Hemken; two sisters-in-law, Maylou (Joe) Podkanovichz and Florence (Lowell) Frobish; eleven grandchildren, Dana M. (Jeremy) Piacenti, Chad (Tracy) Thompson, Karla (DJ) Johnson, Danielle Thompson, Mark Thompson, Lydia Thompson, Noah Thompson, Isabelle Thompson, Gabe Thompson, Jaime Thompson and Cera Thompson; seven great grandchildren, Brady Piacenti, Brenden Piacenti, Nevaeh Mikrut, John Mikrut, Tommy Mikrut, Dylan Johnson and Kaitlyn Thompson; and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Walnut Community Center. It will begin at 2:00 PM and end sometime in the early evening. Please come join us to celebrate Vern.
Memorials may be made to the Friends of Strays Shelter or the Tri County Humane Society of Princeton.