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Charles L. ‘Tim’ Thompson Sr. & Lois E. Thompson

Charles L. “Tim” Thompson Sr., 97, of Lewistown, passed away on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, at his home. Born March 1, 1924, in Coalport, he was the son of the late Maurice F. and Dorothy E. (Curry) Thompson.

Lois E. Thompson, 97, of Lewistown, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at her home. Born May 13, 1924, in Burnham, she was the daughter of the late Addison L. and Adeline (Hunter) McCartney.

Tim was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Sanchez. Lois was preceded in death by her brother, Addison “Sonny” McCartney. In addition to their siblings, they were preceded in death by their son, Charles L. “Tim” Thompson Jr.

Tim and Lois are survived by their loving granddaughters, Kimbra and husband Harry Norton Jr., Kristy and husband Matthew North, and Katherine and husband Joseph Marnell; great-grandchild- ren, Christian and wife Grace Kerstetter; Catelin Kerstetter; Levi, Addison and Sophia North; and great-great-grandchildren, Gracie Kerstetter, Jake Savitts, Leighton Hummel, and Quinn Kerstetter.

Tim played baseball in the coal mining leagues as a teenager, before joining the United States Navy at age 18. He served his country honorably during World War II, flying blimps on patrol missions over the Pacific. When he wasn’t flying blimps, Tim organized athletic programs on base, including the baseball team ó which allowed him to continue playing.

Shortly after Tim returned from service in December 1945, he and Lois welcomed their son, and Tim received an offer to play professional baseball from a scout who had seen him play in the service. Tim and Lois traveled far and wide as Tim worked his way up through the minor leagues, making his major league debut in 1954 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He went on to play for the Kansas City Athletics and Detroit Tigers, before finishing his playing career with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tim continued in baseball for many years as a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Baltimore Orioles organizations.

Lois was by Tim’s side every step of the way. She was marked by her intellect, spiritedness and effortless demeanor. She was a loving and devoted partner, and force to be reckoned with in her own right. Her tireless commitment to her husband and family were hallmarks of her life.

After retirement, Tim and Lois were avid golfers, traveling regularly and spending time with friends. They were also active members of First United Methodist Church in Lewistown.

While each of their lives were extraordinary, no achievement compares to the impact they had on their loved ones. Tim and Lois were the cornerstone of their family. They were model partners in life, loving grandparents and caretakers, and as pure of heart as two people can be. They will be missed beyond words or measure by the family they leave behind, who are comforted knowing that they are – as they were for more than 80 years – together. Their impact on their family cannot be overstated or even adequately conveyed.

A funeral service in loving memory of Tim and Lois will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at King-Barr Funeral Home LLC, 120 Logan St., Lewistown, with Revs. Jeff Hartzler and Karen Mc- Cachren to officiate. Interment will take place in Lind Memorial Cemetery. There will be a viewing from 6-8 p.m. on Friday Oct. 29, 2021, also at King-Barr Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Tim and Lois’s memory are respectfully encouraged to: Mifflin County Youth Baseball, P.O. Box 11, Lewistown, PA 17044. Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.kingbarrfuneral- home.com.