Ernest Joe Thompson (October 6, 1939 — July 1, 2016) |

Ernest Joe Thompson (October 6, 1939 — July 1, 2016)

Ernest Joe Thompson, 76, passed away July 1, 2016, at his home in Rifle, Colorado, after a long battle with COPD. Joe was born to the late Ernest & Eunice (Warren) Thompson on Oct. 6, 1939, in Lyndon, Kansas. He graduated from Michigan Valley Kansas High School in 1957, and attended Kansas State University.

Joe was drafted into the Army in 1963, and after serving primarily in France, was honorably discharged in 1969. He married Carole Gamba in 1965. Carole and Joe and their 3 children enjoyed the best of small town living in Osage City, Kansas, for over 20 years. Joe retired from Dupont after 26 years, then worked for the city of Osage City until he and Carole moved to Colorado in 1992.

Joe is survived by his wife, Carole, his three children, Melissa (Philip) Higgins, St. Louis, MO, Chris Thompson, Montrose, CO, and Katie (Brock) Hays, Rifle, CO, and his 7 grandchildren. Joe is also survived by his sisters Shirley Lindbloom, Topeka, KS, and Sharon Tucker, Cabot, AR, and brother Gary Thompson, Vassar, KS.

A Rosary will be held on July 8, 2016, at 10:00 AM followed by a funeral Mass at 11:00 AM, all at St. Mary Catholic Church in Rifle. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery, Rifle, CO.

Memorial contribution information can be made to St. Mary Catholic Church of Rifle, CO, or Hospice of the Valley of Glenwood Springs, CO.

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The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

The family would like to thank Amy, Brenda, Jim, and everyone at Home Care & Hospice of the Valley for their support and care.

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