Larue Thompson

LaRue “Tom” E. Thompson, 95 of Eau Claire passed away Monday, November 16, 2015 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Tom was born on April 3, 1920 to James and Polly (Myers) Thompson in Stanley, Wisconsin. Tom graduated from Eau Claire Senior High School in 1938. He married Rosalia C. Voglino on June 24, 1945 in Long Branch, New Jersey. Tom served 23 years in the Air Force from November 5th, 1936 thru August 31st, 1960, and was a member of the Merrill’s Marauders during WWII. After his service, Tom worked at Link Brothers, Fabritek, and National Presto. He was active in the Ham Radio Club of Eau Claire. He enjoyed rock collecting, photography, and Ham Radio.

Tom is survived by his wife, Rosalia Thompson; three sons, James (Cindy) Thompson, Jerry (Mary) Thompson, and Larry (Diane) Thompson; 9 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Tom was preceded in death by his daughter, Jane Elizabeth Kinmon; his parents; and one brother.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Funeral services will be on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 11:00 am at Smith Funeral Chapel with Pastor Dan Whitehead officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home on Friday. Burial will be at Rest Haven Cemetery following the service. Friends and family may leave online condolences at


  1. May God wrap HIS loving arms around each of you, comforting and sustaining you. So Glad that
    Tom was in our lives. He was such a blessing! Will look forward to Heaven’s reunion. Sorry we can’t be there to visit with the family, hatNeva has an appointment with the Heart Failure Clinic in Madison.
    Know that we love you, and if there is anything we can do, please feel free to contact us.
    Love in Christ, Joe and Neva

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you loved ones left behind.LaRue and Sally were a wonderful testimony of God’s Grace.His life here was but a vapor,but his life now is what God ordained it to be.Blessings on all of you.

  3. Our sympathies to the whole family. Dennis and I are happy that our paths crossed with “Gradma” and “Grandpa” Thompson a few times through the years. His warmth and hospitality were very special. We felt like family after being with him for even a short time. You have lost a very special person. Dennis and Linda Ebersole (Elissa Kinmon’s parents)

  4. Words seem so empty when hearts are so full of caring! May you somehow feel the many loving thoughts that are with you.

    Tommy was not only your husband, father, grand-father and great grand-father, he was a father figure to many!

    God bless you all during the difficult days ahead.

    With Our Deepest Sympathy

  5. Heartfelt condolences to Sally, Jim, Jerry, Larry, and your families. He was a true gentleman who lived his Christian values every day. We’ll all miss his quick smile. Laura, Dominic, and Peter.

  6. We sure wish we could be there with Rosalie and all the family. I offered to bring Carmine, but he is just not strong enough to make the trip at this time. We are sending our love, hugs, and prayers for each of you. I am especially thankful I could spend some time with Tom. Having conversation with him was so great. He was so knowledgeable in so many subjects. We will miss him especially with his happy “hello” when we called. Looking forward to some day seeing all of you.

    God’s Blessings
    Love Carmine & Wilma Voglino
    Naples, FL

  7. I met Tom in the amateur radio club when I was 14 – I’m 46 now and have many fond memories. A gifted gentleman that shared his knowledge and zeal to anyone he came into contact with. My deepest condolences to his family. And my sincere gratitude for his honorable service to our country.

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