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Jerry Lee Thompson
June 20, 1932 ~ December 22, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Jerry Thompson Obituary
Jerry Lee Thompson was born on June 20th, 1932, in Kansas City, Kansas, to Thomas Thompson and to Mildred Nave, and passed away on December 22nd, 2023, in Fort Worth, Texas, at the age of 91 years old.
Jerry grew up with his older brother, Jack. Jerry took interest in flying at a young age, accompanying his father in his open cockpit biplane, as young as 7-years-old. He married Donna Jean Meinke in 1951. Jerry and Donna bore four children: Scott, Jill, Kent, and Steve. Jerry played saxophone in a locally successful big band (with the disapproval of his new mother-in-law). He soon made is love of flying his life's work, and spent the rest of professional life as a pilot. During the Korean War, he received a civilian contract to instructing for the U.S. Air Force. Jerry did whatever he could to fly for a profession, which included patrolling oil pipelines from the air, and corporate pilot transporting executives. He eventually was hired by Eastern Airlines, and would continue as an airline pilot until retiring as Captain. A short time after retiring, Jerry would build a home on an airport in Granbury, Texas, and purchase his own airplane.
Jerry is preceded in death by his father, Tommy Thompson, mother, Mildred Thompson, brother, Jack Thompson, and his beloved wife, Donna Thompson.
Jerry is survived by his son, Scott, daughter, Jill, son, Kent, son, Steve, grandson, Tyler, granddaughter, KC, and grandson, Camron.
“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings!” From "High Flight," by John Gillespie Magee.