September 7, 1937 – January 19, 2020
Terry J THOMPSON passed away Sunday, January 19, 2020. He was born September 7, 1937 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of William H. Thompson and Mary Alice Stethem. He was a graduate of Stivers High School, University of Dayton, and Miami University. He was a member of Stivers High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He also served in the U.S. Army. Terry was a well-respected teacher and coach in the Dayton and Kettering City Schools. He had a life long interest in travel and working with young people. His family and their wellbeing were always of utmost concern for him. He loved being a grandfather. He leaves behind his family: Wife of 48 years, Ruth Poffenberger Thompson; Children: Cynthia Schimer (Gerald), Christopher Sewell (Rhonda), James S Sewell (Anne) and Anne Shope (Roger); Grandchildren: Benjamin Schimer (Rebecca), Aaron Schimer, Gabriel Schimer (Danielle), Jordan Shawhan (Jacob), Lauren Sewell (Christian), Morgan Fisher (Andrew), Michael Shope (Sheryl), Rebecca Shope (Gabe), Nicholas and Johnathan (Jack) Sewell; Great Grandchildren: Hailey, Levi, Logan, Mason, Adeline, Olivia, Eleanor and soon to arrive Rosalie. His grandchildren and great grandchildren all knew that he was the most “Handsome, Charming and Intelligent” man who existed, Terry made sure of that! His final wishes were for cremation, however, family will receive visitors at TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-FAR HILLS CHAPEL, 5471 Far Hills Ave. at Rahn Rd. Dayton, OH, 45429 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm Thursday, January 23, 2020 followed by a memorial service at 3:00 pm. Donations in Terry’s memory may be made to Hospice of Dayton: 324 Wilmington Ave, Dayton, OH 45420 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital: 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
- Gathering of Friends and Family Thursday, January 23, 2020
- Memorial Service Thursday, January 23, 2020
January 26, 2020
Ruth, Chris, Jim and Ann
I’m so sorry to read of your loss. Terry was a big part of my tenure at VBJHS. His genuine wit and “ big words” made a lot of my days unique. He always smiled when my wife, Karen, called him “Terrible Terry”! Cherish the great memories and God Bless You All.
January 22, 2020
Terry helped me so much in my first year of teaching (which happened to be his last year of teaching). I have always appreciated his kindness to me and over the years we became friends. He helped me find my first house and eventually I bought his house (again because of his kindness which made it possible for me to get my kids back in Kettering). I will miss you Terry. My condolences to your family.
January 22, 2020
..I'll miss your quiet, caring presence at all the family gatherings. ...."and may bands of angels see thee to thy rest"
January 20, 2020
My grandpa knew exactly how to put a smile on anyone’s face. He made everything better. My very first memories are with him and our entire family, in Cape Cod, at age 3. He generously carted me back and forth between school, doctors appointments, friends houses, let me do his hair and makeup when I was little. He came to my choir concerts, field hockey games, football games to see me cheer; his face was never missing in the crowd. He even took me in at age 17-18 when I was really struggling, and never once let me feel alone. He never once doubted me, or anyone for that matter. He has supported us, and loved us all unconditionally in our endeavors. We will love and cherish the memories we share with him for eternity. It is a privilege and an absolute honor to say he is my grandpa. I love him very much with everything I have. Rest In Peace grandpa, I can’t wait to hug you again and hear your voice again one day.