Honoring Tradition.
Celebrating Life.


September 26, 1942 - December 28, 2018
Walker, MI


Celebration of Life

Saturday, January 19, 2019
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST
St. George's Hall
1513 Quarry Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Faith Hospice
2100 Raybrook Drive SE, Suite 300
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616) 235-5113
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Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Ball Park Floral
8 Valley Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 459-3409
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Life Story / Obituary


Joseph “Joe” Thompson, age 76 of Walker, MI passed away Friday, December 28, 2018 following a battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lorraine and Thane “Tom” Thompson. Joe is survived by his wife Mary; children, Lori Nyenhuis, Lisa Thompson and Jeff (Heather) Rolfe; grandchildren, Nick and Adam Nyenhuis, Sandra Cortes, Elaine (Russ) Marzean, Electra and Kaileigh Rolfe; great-grandson, Benjamin Winkler; siblings, Elaine (Frank) Doran, Pat (Ernie) Japp and Ellen Kennedy; in-laws, Alma (Dick) Desjardent, Kitty (Chuck) Fritz and Tom Marshall. Joe retired after 29 years from General Motors in 2007. He loved spending time with family and friends, playing pool with his good friend Gary (Pauline) Opaleski, traveling out west, watching old western movies and sailing. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Per Joe’s request, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will take place at St. George’s Hall, (1513 Quarry Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504) on January 19, 2019 from 1-3 PM. Memorial contributions may be directed to Faith Hospice (2100 Raybrook Ave. SE, # 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546).