Ernest (Ernie) Arnold Thompson
July 15, 1943 – November 11, 2022
Ernest (Ernie) Arnold Thompson went to join the Lord on November 11, 2022. Ernie was born in Bellingham on July 15, 1943. The first of three children born to Glenn and Aileen (Pendleton) Thompson. Ernie attended Custer Grade and Junior High School; he graduated from Ferndale High School in 1961.
Ernie earned his AA from Skagit Valley Junior College in 1964 and received a Secondary Science Teaching Certificate from Central Washington State College in 1967.
He and Marjory Thomas were married in March 1967, and Uncle Sam sent Ernie to boot camp at Fort Lewis, WA; he was posted to San Francisco to do research work at Lettermen General Hospital. Son, Edward was added to their family.
Eighteen months later, Michael was born in Ellensburg, WA. where Ernie began working on his master’s degree. In the fall of 1972, he accepted the opportunity to teach high school maths and science in South Australia. In 1977 Ernie and his family moved back to Custer.
In 1990 Ernie and Marjory moved to Birch Bay. His last job was as a lab technician at Botanical Laboratories, Inc in Ferndale.
They have been part of the Sunrise Baptist Church family since arriving in Custer in 1977. Ernie was a Sunday school teacher, usher, choir member and deacon.
He was predeceased by his father, mother and granddaughter Tayler Marie Thompson. He leaves behind his wife, Marjory; son Edward Glenn, Michael Eugene (Sheila Silva); granddaughter Hannah Grace; sisters, CarolAnn (Larry) Beatty and Kaye (Dave) Thomson; several nephews and nieces and a host of cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be held Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m. at Sunrise Baptist Church, 2480 West Badger Rd, Custer, WA 98230.