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John Albert "AI" Thompson, 97, died at 5:20 p.m. Jan. 27, 2011, at Primrose Retirement Communities. He was born Oct. 9, 1913, in Waynesfield to John Henry and Rosa Mae Pickering Thompson, who preceded him in death. On May 1, 1937, he married Florence M. Delaney, who died Feb. 18, 2005. In his early years, AI owned several grocery stores in the Lima area and was in the real estate business. Ultimately, he retired as a financial planner from Investors Diversified Services, which is now AmeriPrise. He was a longstanding member of the Lima Baptist Temple and it's Adult Bible Class. After his retirement, he became an avid woodworker, making beautiful baskets, most of which he gave away to family and friends. His greatest joy as a woodworker, however, was being involved with crafting plaques of the 10 Commandments, which were given to graduating seniors. Al and his wife had a heart for missions, going on mission trips to the Southwest and Mexico. They counted among their friends many missionaries, entertaining them often in their home. Special thanks to the staff at Primrose for their nurturing care and kindness to Dad during the past four years. Survivors include a son, Greg (Lin) Thompson, of Spencerville; four daughters, Rhonda (Bill) McPheron, of Elida, Laureen (Rodney) Case and Sue (Pat) Morey, both of Lima, and Melanie (Scott) McHaffie, of Rawson; and 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceed in death by a son, Malcolm Thompson; two brothers, Gerald Thompson and Carl Thompson; and seven sisters, Gladys Bowdle, Lulu Croplin, Mary Swaney, Betty Roberts, Lillie Butturf, Evelyn Whited and Gwendolyn Frymyer. AI was the last survivor of the 10 children. Services will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Shawnee Chapel of Chiles-Laman Funeral Homes. The Rev. Gary Hohman will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to Lima Rescue Mission or the charity of donor's choice.

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Chiles-Laman Funeral Homes - Shawnee Chapel
1170 Shawnee Road Lima, OH 45805
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