F. L. “Tommie” Thompson, 84, of McPherson, passed away at 8:45 p.m. Nov. 14, 2017 while in the company of family members, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.
Tommie was born in Augusta on Dec. 23, 1932, a son of Jessie Edith (Perkins) and Alva Lee Thompson.
Tommie attended the Augusta and Lost Springs grade schools and graduated from Lost Springs High School, Lost Springs. He then attended LaSalle Business College in Chicago where he got his accounting degree. He was a member of Countryside Covenant Church, McPherson. Tommie was baptized in 1939 and raised in the First Baptist Church in Augusta.
Tommie served in the Air National Guard during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and retired as a Major. Tommie was a life member of the American Legion Post 24 of McPherson. The National Business Who’s Who, contacted Tommie wanting him to agree to be in their Who’s Who Publication about him putting dual dealership of Ford and Chrysler in the same dealership.
His picture would be next to Lee Iacocca, but he declined the invitation. Tommie loved his family, enjoyed dogs, horses, hunting, fishing, doing research for medical and alternative medicine.
Through the years, Tommie was a partner in Superior Pontiac/Cadillac and Lobban Motor Company both of McPherson; owned and operated Thompson General Insurance Agency which was the only independent agency at the time to start from scratch. In other words, no buy-out of another agency nor was Tommie ever involved in another agency.
Thompson General Insurance Agency was the first independent agency for Allstate Insurance to let independent agents sell Allstate products. Lloyd’s Of London recognized Tommie in the top 150 insurance agents in the United States. They invited Tommie to London, England as their personal guest.
Tommie was a partner of Quality Motor Company of Independence, Kansas and was the driving force to get the first dealership to have Ford and Chrysler products under one roof in the nation.
He was a partner in the Target Drilling Company; Owner of Cherokee Oil and Gas; Partner of Gold and Silver mining operations in Arizona; was a partner in Eagle Resources, Inc.
For 21 years, he co-owned and operated Thompson Transport; co-owner of Economy Hearing Aid; was a thoroughbred horse breeder and German shorthaired pointer dog breeder to the end, and is recognized as one of the top breeders in the U.S. He shipped his dogs all over the US and Germany.
Tommie was united in marriage to Bonnie Briix on Jan. 8, 1950 at Cottonwood Falls.
Tommie is survived by his companion, Charlene Rudman, of McPherson; his children, Christine “Chris” Maxey, of Madison, Mississippi, Roxanne Schmidt and her husband Tim, of McPherson, Toni Ortiz and her husband Ron, of Parkville, Missouri, and Mike Thompson and his wife Kim, of McPherson; his step-children, Troy Rudman and his wife Chris, of Paso Robles, California, Shane Rudman and his wife Gina, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Lance Rudman and his wife Lori, of Arkansas City; his 15 grandchildren, Paxton Mogenson and wife Jennifer, Shawn Mogenson, Jeremy Littrell and wife Jenny, Jarod Littrell and wife Tracy, Jordan Ortiz, Austen Ortiz, Olivia Ortiz, Mallory Roberts and husband Aaron, Shea Thompson, Samantha Rudman, Sean Rudman, Shane Rudman II and wife Minka, Morgan Rudman, Cassidy Rudman, Madison Rudman; his 11 great-grandchildren, Alex, Grayden, Kaden, Kaylee, Keaton, Weston, Wyatt, Brody, Ava, Lucas, and Adelaide; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.
Tommie was preceded in death by his parents Alva and Jessie Thompson; and his five brothers, D.V. Thompson, Harold L. Thompson, A. F. Thompson, Dean Thompson, and Dorwin Thompson.
The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19 at Glidden - Ediger Chapel, McPherson with Larry Booker officiating. The members of American Legion Post 24 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2715 will provide military honors following the service at the chapel.
Burial will be at the Crestwood Memorial Park Cemetery McPherson, at a later date. Tommie bequeathed his body to KU Medical Center for Medical Research.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sunflower German Shorthaired Club or German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue known as GSP and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home; 222 W. Euclid St.; McPherson, Kansas 67460.