Obit: Thompson, Burnell Victor (1922 - 2011)



Surnames: Barnett, Boe, Chaplinski, Thompson


----Source: The Star News (Medford, Taylor Co., Wisconsin) Thursday, July 01, 2011, online edition


Thompson, Burnell Victor (October 5, 1922 - June 25, 2011)


Burnell Victor Thompson, 88, of rural Gilman, died on Saturday, June 25 at home with his family by his side and under the care of Hope Hospice.


He was born on October 5, 1922 in Greenwood, the son of Henry and Hazel (Boe) Thompson, being the second of seven children. Burnell's family moved to the Town of Taft north of Thorp in 1941.

He entered the Army, serving in the 467th AAA Artillery AW Battalion, from January of 1943 until January of 1946. Burnell's involvement included the 1st day on Omaha Beach on D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, earning five battle stars and the bronze star for performances of duty in Normandy, Northern France, the Ardennes, the Rhineland and Central European Campaigns. After returning from the war, he worked for several years on the Davis Cattle Ranch in Wyoming, logging and working the green fields out west.

On January 19, 1952, he married Delores Barnett in Cornell and the couple has resided in the Town of Taft farming until his recent retirement. Burnell thoroughly enjoyed farming, the local wildlife, hunting deer and turkeys, and fishing. He was a great storyteller and will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Burnell is survived by his wife of 59 years, Delores, of Thorp; his four children, Trudy (John) Chaplinski, Lee Thompson and Darrell Thompson, all of Thorp, and Wayne Thompson of West Jordan, Utah; nine grandsons, David (Lisa) Chaplinski of Stevens Point, Daniel (Debra) Chaplinski of Guam, Louis B. (Dawn) Chaplinski of Gilman, Richard Chaplinski of Stanley, and Chancey, Jess, Joseph, Peter and Quintin Thompson, all of West Jordan; four great-grandchildren who he enjoyed greatly,



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