Anthon Reed Thompson, 84, of Salem, died Monday, March 4, 1991 at the home of his daughter in Washington, Utah, following a long illness.
He was born on January 28, 1907 in Salt Lake City to Joseph W. and Helen Grace Pratt Thompson. He married Ruth Elizabeth Baker on November 28, 1939 in the Manti LDS Temple. He was educated in Salt Lake City schools and attended the University of Utah. He worked at many types of jobs during the depression, including telegraph operator and brakeman on the Union Pacific Railroad. He spent two years as a radio operator in the Army Air Corp. He studied welding in Cleveland, Ohio and made it his principle life's work. He helped build the Hanford, Washington plant where the first atomic bomb was made. He worked in welding at both Ironton and Geneva Steel. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was a High Priest at the time of his death. He served as a temple worker in the Provo LDS Temple.Survivors include his wife, Salem; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Evelyn) Sheedy, Washington, Utah; Mrs. Darrell (Lois) Bartholomew, Barron, Wisconsin; 15 grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; half brothers, Victor Mecham, Salt Lake City; George Thompson, Cannonville; half sisters, Julia Hall, Parowan; Eleh Lazenby, Nell Higbee, Both of Salt Lake City; Marva Fletcher, Cannonville; Laurie Coon, St. George; and Rada Barton, Richmond, Virginia. He was preceded in death by two sons, Roger B. Thompson and Douglas R. Thompson; two brothers, Wayne Pratt and Joseph B. Thompson; half brother, Evan Mecham; and half sister, Helen Mae Ervin.
Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. in the Salem LDS Stake Center, 470 East Canal Road, Salem. Friends may call at the ward Relief Society room on Friday, one hour prior to the services. Burial will be in the Salem City Cemetery, under the direction of the Walker Mortuary, Spanish Fork.
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