First Posted: 11/21/2004


JAMES R. THOMPSON, 74, died at 12:30 a.m. Nov. 19, 2004, at Springview Manor Nursing Home.

He was born July 8, 1930, in Perrysburg to Charles E. and Marie Printy Thompson, who preceded him in death. On Dec. 2, 1950, he married Nancy M. Halm, who survives.

Mr. Thompson was a licensed optician and provided glasses for many people in Lima. He retired in 1999 from his businesses, Thompson Optical and The Thompson Co., after 38 years. In 1961, he started Lima Optical, after moving from Toledo to Lima. He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, where he had been a lay minister, usher, commentator and involved in several youth activities. He was a member of the Opticians Association of America, the Ohio State Licensed Opticians, the State Society National Academy of Opticianry, the Society of Dispensing Opticians of Ohio, the American Board of Opticianry, the Greater Dayton Society of Dispensing Opticians and the Optical Association of Ohio. He was a volunteer and served on the board of the St. Vincent DePaul Society. His proudest association was being a member of the Lima Noon Optimists since 1963, where he had served as president, chairman of the food booth for several years, chairman of the Home Show, was a board member and several other activities through the years. In 1997, he was Optimist of the Year. He was proud of his 41 years of perfect attendance. He attended Toledo University and the Brooklyn School of Optics in New York City. He was a loving husband, father "Pops" and grandfather "Pawpaw", who will be missed. He considered Lima his second hometown. For those who knew him, please celebrate his life.

Survivors also include four sons, Stephen M. (Barbara) Thompson of Columbus, Dr. Jeffrey J. Thompson of Middletown, Mark A. Thompson of Lima and William J. Thompson of Anchorage, Alaska; and eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Christopher J. Thompson; a brother, Dr. Charles Thompson; and two sisters, June Tank and Anne Kettinger.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Charles Catholic Church. Father Stephen Blum will officiate. Burial will be at a later date.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Chiles & Sons-Laman Funeral Homes, Shawnee Chapel, where a parish wake service will be held at 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Catholic Church, Lima Central Catholic High School or the Lima Noon Optimist Foundation.

Condolences may be sent to chiles@wcoil.com.

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