Wallace Bruce Thompson (Captain Wally), 78, passed away Friday, May 9, 2008, surrounded by his loving family.

He graced us with his presence and entered into this world on Nov. 16, 1929 in Toppenish to Frances G. and Mamie L. Thompson. He graduated from Toppenish High School in 1948.

He married his high school sweetheart, Jeanette E. Burling, in 1950. He served in the U.S. Air Force and participated in the Korean War. After his tour of duty in the Air Force, he and Jeanette moved to Spokane, where he attended Eastern Washington University. He graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts in education. He went on to teach science and social studies at Medical Lake Middle School, where his adherence to high standards of education was very inspirational to many of his students.

In 1977, he earned his Master's Degree from Eastern Washington University and became vice principal of Medical Lake Middle School. He was an educator for more than 35 years and retired on May 27, 1992.

In his retirement years, Bruce pursued many interests. He earned his pilot's license, bought his own plane and took to the skies as often as he could. He was an avid reader, writer, master carpenter and piano player.

He was a member of the Genealogical Society and was very dedicated to the history of his family. He was also a member of the Retired Teachers Association.

His love of travel took him all over the world with his friend and companion, Marilyn Shaw, of 16 years.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, friend and D.F.M. (Dam Fine Man). The love, admiration and respect we all have for him is immeasurable. He will be greatly missed and his spirit will forever live on. (Bruce....job well done!)

He is survived by his four children, Michael A. Thompson (Debbie), Marc B. Thompson (Shelia), Julia K. Thompson-Groh (James) and Sarah J. Thompson; nine grandchildren, Brian Kevin, Davina, Mason, Marcina, Jason, Vanessa, Cameron and Logan; and one great-granchild, Tericia.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 37 years, Jeanette E. Thompson; and two brothers, Frances G. Thompson Jr. and Gene S. Thompson.

Memorial services will be held Friday, May 16, 2008, at 1 p.m. at Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N. Monroe Street, Spokane.

Those wishing to honor his memory may make a donation to the American Cancer Society.

Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



James William Schut, 79, of Kennewick and a longtime Sunnyside resident, died Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at Tranquility Manor in Kennewick.

He was born May 18, 1928 to James Wilbur and Maria (Gilde) Schut.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis C. Schut of Kennewick; one son, Steve Schut (Pauline) of Sunnyside; two daughers, Sherry Gonzalez (Joe) of Pasco and Sandy Schut of Richland; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mickey Murphy and Elsie Bell; one sister-in-law, Mary Lou Rihail; and stepmother, Margery Schut.

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of cremation services.


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