William Lee Thompson, 89, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

Bill was born May 15, 1932 in Columbus, the son of the late Earl R. and Ruth (Ryan) Thompson.

Bill was a 1950 graduate of Sinking Spring High School. Bill attended the Sinking Spring Community Church and was a former member of the Sinking Spring Masonic Lodge, where he served as secretary for many years.

On Nov. 1, 1951, he started as a park assistant at Fort Hill State Memorial, and on April 1, 1953, he became supervisor at Serpent Mound. Upon Harvey Cutright's retirement from the Historical Society, Bill became the District Manager of the Ohio Historical Society on July 1, 1966 and continued in that position until his retirement in 1981 after 30 years of service. In 2001, Bill and his wife Scrubby returned to Sinking Spring to work and reside at the Wylie-Thompson Funeral Home. In 2013, Bill and Scrubby retired and moved to Punta Gorda, Fla. to make their residence there.

On May 15, 1951, Bill was united in marriage to Loretta G. "Scrubby" (Tong) Thompson, and they recently celebrated 70 years of marriage. Besides his wife, Scrubby, he is survived by his grandson, William Jayson “Jay” DuBois of Washington, D.C.; one brother, Ronald (Shirley) Thompson of Grove City; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends.

Besides his parents, Bill was preceded in death by one daughter, Trudy DuBois, on Jan. 31, 2020; two brothers, Robert and James Thompson; and three sisters, Marjorie VonDoch, Martha Dunnagan and Catherine Walker.

A memorial service will be held at a later date when he will be buried in the Locust Grove Cemetery.

A memorial donation may be made in Bill's memory to the Sinking Spring Community Church, 3399 Carmel Road, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133 or donor's favorite charity. For more information, visit www.thompsonfuneralhomes.com.