Elton “ET” L. Thompson, 94, of the Franklin United Methodist Community, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016, at Community Hospital in Indianapolis.
He was born Jan. 3, 1922, in Indianapolis, to John Wallace Thompson and Bessie Bruce (Whitley) Thompson.
He married Emma (Hoffman) Thompson; she preceded him in death in 1981. He then married Mabel M. (Eltzroth) Thompson on June 13, 1981, in Indianapolis. He received his master’s degree in engineering from Purdue University.
He had been an engineer for General Motors in Indianapolis for 17 years. He previously had served as an engineer for J.D. Adams and Co. in Indianapolis.
He was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. He was a member of the 330th Bombardment Squadron 93rd Bomb Group having served in Normandy, northern France and Rhineland, and was also a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War.
He was a member of Franklin American Legion Post 205, was a 73-year member of the Masonic Lodge, having entered Indianapolis Lodge No. 669 in 1943 and most recently a member of Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 107, Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine and the Purdue Alumni Association.
He was also a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin.
Survivors include his wife, Mabel M. (Eltzroth) Thompson of Franklin; and 24 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Emma (Hoffman) Thompson; and a sister.
Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wright Chapel of the Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson St., in Franklin where Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 107 will conduct a masonic service at 7 p.m. Additional visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the service time at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Grace United Methodist Church, 1300 E. Adams St., Franklin. The Rev. Jenothy Rather and Dr. William Ted Murphy will conduct the service. Burial will follow in Clayton Cemetery in Clayton, with full military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 1300 E. Adams St., Franklin, IN 46131.
Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 U.S. 31 South (Morton Street) in Franklin is handling the arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at swartzmortuary.com.