Robert Lee Thompson, age 77, passed away on Aug. 29, 2022, while at his home in Beloit.

He was born on May 29, 1945, in rural Brodhead, the son of Ralph and Gene Delila (Bienemann) Thompson.

He enjoyed watching all sports, including the Bucks and Packers.  He enjoyed taking rides in his Buick cars to Brodhead, Juda and Avon.

He was a graduate of Beloit Memorial High School in 1963 before serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corp.  He served during the Vietnam War, was wounded and received an honorable discharge and the Purple Heart.

He worked for more than 40 years prior to his retirement as a welder for General Kinematics in Crystal Lake, Ill.

He is survived by his three children, Jennifer Whitt, Robert E. (Stacy) Thompson, and Amanda Thompson; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren; three siblings, Lavola Ewers, Janet (Roger) Kopp, and Kendall (Ruth) Thompson; and many other nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Beverly Zampelli; a brother in-law, Clarence Ewers; and one nephew.

Visitation was held at the DL Newcomer Funeral Home in Brodhead on Friday Sept. 2.  A visitation was also held at the funeral home.  Pastor Kendall Thompson officiated.  Burial with military honors concluded at the Greenwood Cemetery.