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James Curtis Thompson
October 25, 1943 ~ December 22, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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James Curtis Thompson, Jr. entered into rest early Friday morning, December 22, 2023 at the age of 80. He was surrounded by his loving family at his home in Red Lion. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne M. (Furst) Thompson to whom he married on July 13, 1963, recently sharing 60 years together.
Jim was born in York on October 25, 1943 to the late James Curtis Sr., and June Nora (Stabley) Thompson. He graduated from Red Lion Area High School, attained a BA from York College, and a Ph.D. from California Pacific University in Management. Jim was instrumental in Allis-Chalmers’ Valve Division and served on a subcommittee formulating new ASME nuclear QA quality standards. He later served as the Director of Human Resources for the Brethren Home in New Oxford, yet his most prized profession was teaching Ancient Civilizations at Dallastown Area Middle School, where he retired in 2008. Jim attended Red Lion Bible Church.
With a diverse span of interests, Jim enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, and apiary. He also meticulously restored several classic cars, achieved a black belt from the American Taekwondo Association, religiously donated blood, and loved to read.
Along with his loving wife, Jim will be missed by his three sons, James C. Thompson, III and wife Jen, David A. Thompson, Daniel J. Thompson and fiancé Nicole, and his two daughters, Katie M. Churchfield and husband Seth and Sarah K. Coombs and husband Garret. He will also be missed by his seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, his brother Phillip E. Thompson and his wife Eileen, his niece, and nephew.
A graveside service will be private and at the convenience of the family in Susquehanna Memorial Gardens. Wagner-Elfner and Burg Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 134 W. Broadway, Red Lion is assisting the family with arrangements.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the compassionate and loving care Hospice and Community Care showed to Jim and his family during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in Jim’s memory be offered to Hospice and Community Care, 235 St. Charles Way, Suite 250, York, PA 17402.