Robert L. Thompson, 75, of Elyria, stepped into glory to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Center Ridge Health Campus in North Ridgeville. He was born January 26, 1938 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.
He was a 1955 graduate of Swissvale High School and served with the U.S. Army. He received a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo. Bob was employed for 33 years at NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland as senior research scientist and then as a division manager, retiring in May of 1994.
He was a member and former elder and clerk of session at First United Presbyterian Church, Elyria. He enjoyed playing golf and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.
Bob is survived by his wife of 51 years, Loretta M. (nee Boyle); daughters, Terri L. (Ed) Wransky of Grafton and Robin L. (Keith) Cooper of Chester, Virginia; grandchildren, Lauren and Michael Wransky and Keith Cooper, Jr.; brothers, William Thompson of Sun City Center, Florida and Dale Thompson of Ft. Myers, Florida.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tracey Cardelle in 1999; brother, Gary Thompson in 2006; parents, Lloyd and Alice Thompson; uncle, Harry Lafferty; and an aunt, June Woods, who encouraged and supported Bob’s educational endeavors.
Friends will be received Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 10:30 A.M. until the time of a 12:30 P.M. service at Dicken Funeral Home, 323 Middle Avenue, Elyria. Reverend Rick Stein will officiate, with burial in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Presbyterian Church, 200 East Ave., Elyria, OH 44035; Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 East 185th St., Cleveland, OH 44119 or Center Ridge Health Campus Nursing Education Fund, 38600 Center Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville, OH 44039.