Lives Lived: Bill Thompson |

Lives Lived: Bill Thompson

Everett Carl “Bill” Thompson died Feb. 15 at home in Grass Valley of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, emphysema and congestive heart failure. He was 73.

A celebration of life and potluck will be from noon to 4 p.m. today, at Memorial Park in Grass Valley. Everyone is invited to get together and talk about “old times.” For more information, contact Bob Thompson at (530) 273-4657.

A military funeral with a 21-gun salute will be held at a later time.

He was born May 9, 1936, in Pittsburg, Okla., to Vernon and Matilda Jane Thompson. The family moved to Grass Valley later in the year, and he lived there his whole life except during his service with the U.S. Army from about 1952 to 1955.

Mr. Thompson married MaryLou on Dec. 31, 1981, in Reno, Nev.

He was an avid race fan, an excellent bowler (he enjoyed the Grass Valley Gold Bowl) and a great fast-pitch softball pitcher; he is named in the Grass Valley Hall of Fame for the local Fast-Pitch Softball Association.

He also enjoyed golfing at the Buffalo Breath Tournament each year and fishing in the many local ponds. But as his health worsened, he had to give up his passion for sports.

Mr. Thompson worked in several sawmills in Nevada County, but most enjoyed working for the Pendola family at their Brunswick Mill. He also worked at Sierra Mountain Mills, Matsons, Walker Brothers, Bohemia, and others. He retired from Sierra Pacific in Lincoln in 1999.

He had no enemies, only close friends. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather and husband. He was greatly loved and will be missed by family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, MaryLou Thompson; children, Paul Howard, Dave Howard and Willy Thompson, and Brenda Setzer, Josephine Booth, Ellen Mitchell and Ann Reed; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Ernie and Robert Thompson and MaryEllen.

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