Kenneth M. Thompson
Kenneth M. Thompson
  • July 3, 1953 - December 7, 2017
  • Oak Island, North Carolina

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Kenneth M. Thompson, 64 years old of Oak Island, NC formerly of Statesville passed away on December 7, 2017. Ken was born on July 3, 1953 in Oak Park, IL. Ken proudly served his nation for a total of 45 years in uniform, 25 active duty and 20 in JROTC between Arkansas and W. Iredell H.S. He was a 25 year Army combat engineer serving in various locations throughout the world to include combat operations in Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit Award, Meritorious Service Medal, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, the Iraqi Combat Medal and various other Awards and Medals.

Ken was predeceased by two brothers, Bob and Eddie Thompson and is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Becky Baca Thompson; his son, Kenneth J. Thompson and his wife Kristin of Vilas, NC; his daughter, Kelly Hutchison and her husband Brian of Tomball, TX; his brothers, Chuck Thompson and his wife Sue of Arizona, John Thompson and his wife JoLee of Illinois and Ben Thompson and his wife Jan of Illinois; his sisters, Marianna Andersen and her husband Jim of Illinois and Clarice Lucey of Arkansas; and his grandchildren, Jordan, Emily, Hayden, Claire, Audrey and Theodore. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Sunday from 5-7pm at the Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home, 705 Davie Ave., Statesville with a 7pm Service of Remembrance for Ken. Mr. Thompson will be buried with honors at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the JROTC & HOSA, 213 Warrior Dr., Statesville, NC 28625 in his memory.

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Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Thompson Family.