BELLVILLE: Stephen Lee Thompson passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2016 in OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. He was 61.
Steve was born April 15, 1955 in Columbus to parents Leland Dumont & Miriam (Hedges) Thompson. On June 18, 1981 he married Joann Coursen and together they raised a son, Cory.
Steve was a purchasing manager for Mansfield Engineered Components for over 16 years and previously worked 16 years for Neer Manufacturing Co. On lunch breaks he enjoyed playing cards with his coworkers.
Steve was a big animal lover and animals loved him back. He kept pets of all kinds: dogs (including Pete, Dixie, Roxy, and Lily), cows (Sammy), ponies, horses, goats, birds, and fish. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and keeping bees—this year he had three hives.
On vacation, Steve loved to travel to warm places like Mexico, Florida, and the Bahamas. His favorite music was oldies from the 60’s and 70’s. Steve will be remembered as a prankster and a loving husband and father.
He was a member of Moose Lodge #2511 in Lexington, the American Legion in Bellville, Gold Prospectors Association of America (Buckeye Chapter), and the Richland Lithic & Lapidary Society in Mansfield.
He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years Joann Thompson of Bellville; a son and daughter-in-law Cory & Josephine Thompson of Mansfield; two grandchildren River Thompson of Mansfield and Stevie Thompson of Florida; great-grandchild Sawyer; two brothers and sisters-in-law Phillip & Kris Thompson of Lexington and Michael & Lorrie Thompson of Texas; sisters Michelle Thompson Layne, Maura (Chris) Hair, and Robin (Phil) Marshall; along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may call 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, November 20, 2016 in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home (81 Mill Road) where a memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. and Celebrant Jerry Wilson will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contributions in Steve’s memory to the Bellville-Jefferson Twp Rescue Squad and may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Steve’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them—and watch his tribute video—at SnyderFuneralHomes.com.