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James K. Thompson

Saturday, January 11, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Allentown deputy fire chief

James K. “Jim” Thompson, 89, of Allentown and Largo, Fla., died on Dec. 27, 2019.

He was the husband of Shirley A. (Oberdoester).

Born in Allentown, one of 10 children, he was the son of the late Theodore and Vivian (Garrish) Thompson.

He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and served in the 11th Airborne Division.

Retired from the city of Allentown, he was a deputy fire chief and worked on the bomb squad and water rescue.

He was also a chef for many years at M.W. Wood Company.

A member of the St. Petersburg barbershop chorus, if he wasn’t singing, he could be found on the golf course where he would sometimes play two rounds in one day.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by son, Larry J. and wife, Elizabeth, of Chevy Chase, Md.; daughter Christine D. Lessinger; brother William and wife, Shirley of Minnesota; stepsons, David Yesenofski and wife, Michelle, Tony Yesenofski and wife, Denise; stepdaughter Suzanne Yesenofski; 10 grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

He was predeceased by sons Danny, Steve and Mark.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Jan. 25 at Stephens Funeral Home Inc. 274 N. Krocks Road, Allentown.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time.

Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, South Whitehall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Suite 102, 399 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106.