Bruce W. Thompson


Bruce W. Thompson, 72, of Franklin, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Franciscan Health in Indianapolis. He was born January 8, 1945 in Edinburgh, to Robert Cluster Thompson and Margaret Elizabeth (Mathis) Thompson.

He married Cheryl A. Green-Thompson on September 16, 1978 in Franklin; she survives.

He was a 1964 graduate of Edinburgh High School, 1968 graduate of Indiana State University, and he received his master’s degree from Indiana State University in 1970.

He had been a teacher at Central Nine Career Center in Greenwood and previously taught in vocational programs in Louisville, Kentucky.

He then joined his wife at their business, Ideal Interiors, where his patience and attention to detail led to his success as a professional wallpaper hanger and master craftsman cabinet maker.

Cabinet and furniture making were both his avocation and his vocation. His skill and enjoyment was evident whether he was working from someone else’s plans or designing his own creation.

One of his greatest enjoyments was spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl A. Green-Thompson of Franklin; three brothers, David Lorenzo Thompson (Joy) of Taylorsville, Lowell Ray Thompson of Edinburgh, Donald John Thompson (Fran) of Greenwood; stepbrother, Robert Caroll Mayer (Jane) of Beech Grove; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Mary Evelyn Mayer Thompson; half-sister Suzanne Lynn Thompson; and a stepsister, Alice May Allen.

Pastor Guy Langston will conduct a service celebrating the life of Bruce W. Thompson on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 S. U.S. 31 (Morton Street) in Franklin where the family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until the service time at the mortuary. A private family graveside service was conducted at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Johnson County, 3827 N. Graham Road, Franklin, IN 46131.