Arlo Ray Thompson 1918 - 2010 Eudora
Memorial services with military honors for Arlo Ray “Tommy” Thompson, 91, Eudora, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Medicalodge of Eudora. Inurnment will be at a later date at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego.
Mr. Thompson died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
He was born Nov. 30, 1918, in Cardington, Ohio, the son of Ray and Clara Thompson. He lived in Ohio until World War II, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for five years, attaining the rank of captain.
Mr. Thompson worked for Convair, which later became General Dynamics, in San Diego until he retired in 1983. He was an art illustrator and art editor at General Dynamics. He won national awards for his contributions to the company’s trade magazine, and drew safety posters for the U.S. Air Force that were distributed to Air Force bases worldwide. The posters and the awareness they created were credited with saving many lives. His life’s ambition was to be an editorial cartoonist and do caricatures, which he achieved in his early 70s. He was a member of the Southern California Cartoonist Society and had his work published in the San Diego Tribune, Los Angeles Times and other California newspapers. In 2002, he was chosen by fellow cartoonists to be included with two cartoons in the Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year. He continued drawing cartoons until failing eyesight prevented it.
He enjoyed taming and hand feeding wild blue jays, traveling to Hawaii, and spending time with his friends and family.
He and his wife lived in San Diego until 2009, when they moved to Eudora to be closer to family. He was a member of the American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post 14 in Lawrence.
He married his wife, Bettie, on April 12, 1943, in Atlanta. She survives, of the home.
Other survivors include a daughter, Patricia Weis and husband Donald, Eudora; a grandson, Donald Weis; a granddaughter, Christina Weis; and great grandchildren Allison, Ashley, Ethan and Jordan Weis.
Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.