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Firefighter
Age: 66
Year of Death: 2022

Gregory James Thompson

Greg came from humble beginnings in North Carolina. He was a good son and brother. He picked tobacco as a youngster.

As an adult, Greg went to work for DuPont doing steel construction and later moved on to maintenance supervisor with Purina Mills, Inc. This job brought Greg to Missouri where we met and married, creating a blended family. From Purina, Greg went on to a career as a dental technician with Patterson Dental. He retired at the end of 2017.

We moved to our cabin that we built at the lake, where we were planning on enjoying our retirement. In March of 2018, we attended the Lakeview Heights Fire Protection District annual dinner. During that dinner there were discussions around the need for volunteers. Out of the blue, Greg felt such a strong calling to join the organization that he joined that very night! He enjoyed the companionship with the firehouse crews, the challenges of being a fireman and first responder, and helping to make a difference in our small community.

In December 2021, a few days after his last call as a fireman, Greg contracted COVID-19, which turned into pneumonia. On January 6, 2022, Greg lost his battle and quietly passed away.

Greg was a great husband, father, and grandfather who is missed beyond reason. We were blessed to have him in our lives. He was so very proud of his work with the Lakeview Heights Fire Protection District.

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