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Obituary: Eric Thompson, North Vernon

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Eric Thompson, 57, of North Vernon passed away at 5:37 p.m. Saturday, August 31, 2013 at St. Vincent Jennings Hospital emergency room.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Jonathan Meyer officiating. Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Sawyer–Pickett Funeral & Cremation Service. A Rosary service will be conducted at 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

Born February 21, 1956, Eric was the son of Charles and Erma Massey Thompson. He married Rayann Mick August 24, 1975, and she survives.

Eric graduated from Jennings County High School in 1974. He graduated from Jacksonville University with a degree in Political Science. He had owned Thompson Motors in North Vernon, and currently was employed by Gartlitch Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Fiat as a salesman. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus council 1631, played golf in the Twilight League at Ford’s Crossing Golf Course, and was an avid sports fan. He dearly loved being a grandfather to his grandson Jesse. He had also served his community on the North Vernon City Council, and Jennings County School Board.

Mr. Thompson is survived by his wife, Rayann Thompson of North Vernon; sons, Zach and Joseph Thompson of North Vernon; daughters, Emily Thompson (Colin Hill) of Denver, Colo., and Caitlin Thompson of North Vernon; brothers, Terry (Judy) Thompson and Tracy (Amy) Thompson of North Vernon; grandson, Jesse Ryder Thompson; several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the donor’s choice of charity.

Friends and family are invited to light a candle or leave a message of condolence in Eric’s memory at

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