Raymond J. Thompson

October 19, 1949January 22, 2020

Raymond J. Thompson, age 70, passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

Beloved father of Bernadette (David) Mitchell, Michael Thompson, Jacquelyn (Dave) O’Malley and Luke (Kelsey) Thompson; cherished grandfather of Garret, Brandon, Conor, Hailey, and Landon; dear brother of the late Susan Thompson and Warren (June) Thompson; fond uncle to many.

He was met by his beloved German Shepherds as he crossed the rainbow bridge to heaven. A born leader, Raymond was a Lifetime member of Muskies INC. and also an inductee into their Hall of Fame. He was Chairman and co-founder of the Illini Muskies Alliance, as well as a member of their Hall of Fame. A well-known author, chartographer, and highly respected speaker.

Visitation Monday, January 27th at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103rd St. Oak Lawn, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Tuesday, January 28th 10:00 a.m. chapel service at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home. Interment Chapel Hill Gardens South cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to: Illini Muskies Alliance, 3944 S. Clarence Ave., Stickney, IL 60402 would be greatly appreciated. For more information 708-636-1193 or visit


  • Illini Muskies Alliance


  • Visitation

    Monday, January 27, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020

  • Interment

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020


Raymond J. Thompson

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Leslie Cain

February 2, 2020

Ray Thompson had a life well lived. He was a born leader, a confidante, a mentor, the matriarch of his family, and a champion for wildlife. Tomarrow will start without him again, and I will grieve. I know that is not what he would want. He would want us to dwell on the happiness and joy that we all had together. Rest in peace, Ray.I will love you forever.

Orland Pediatrics

January 27, 2020

Dear Luke and Kelsey,
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. May his memories comfort you during this difficult time. We are praying for peace for you and your entire family.

Your Loyola Pediatric Family

Susan Zendol

January 27, 2020

As family, I will remember Raymond as a kind, gently spoken person with a great sense of humor. He was quick to engage in conversation of everything from his love of fishing, to current events. But I remember him being most proud of his children & grandchildren. He enjoyed you all!
Something tells me he’s already met up with his sister Susan & is enjoying a joke or two with her.
Rest in sweet heavenly peace Raymond, you are missed ....

Frank Senese

January 27, 2020

Our families lived on the same block growing up and were extremely close. The gatherings whether in the kitchens, basements, or garages were always very special with stories (some fish stories), laughter, and sometimes libations.

Special memories of Ray playing his reel-to-reel tunes giving me an appreciation of then the harder side of music, hitting fly balls to me and Warren in the park, working on cars, talking muskies, and so many more.

Always a kind and giving person with a wonderful sense of humor. RIP Ray

Al Nutty

January 26, 2020

I met Ray on the water when he saw me catch my first muskie....(I was bass fishing, and although the musky was nearly a foot longer than the minimum length limit and was the largest fish had caught to that point, he took the time to introduce himself and share his love and respect for the fish and educate me on the proper handling and release methods....)

I intended to hang the fish on my wall but he convinced me that releasing it was a better option....long ago I realized how special these moments and lessons were and exactly how extraordinary this gentleman was.

That was more than 30 years ago and since then whenever we met somewhere he had a kind word or funny story and always took the time to visit, even if it was to just say 'hello'.... I will think of him often and feel grateful for the friendship and moments I shared with him. Although missed, he will not be forgotten because Ray was the real deal....

Godspeed and fish on....

June Thompson

January 24, 2020

Ray Ray thank you for teaching me the fundamentals of Muskie fishing. For sharing you extensive knowledge of Muskies.

I dedicate my 50 " Muskie Warren and Bernadette helped me catch in your memory.

Warren Thompson

January 24, 2020

One of my favorite memories of my Big Brother Ray was when he helped me out in Little league. After an average season my first year, he took it upon himself to see that I would succeed the next year. We practiced throwing, catching, and hitting the ball for more hours than I can remember. All my success that I have had after that in baseball and LIFE I owe to my Big Brother Ray. I love you and will be forever in your debt.