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Dr. Harry Goff Thompson, Jr., 81, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 1:15 P.M. December 3, 2017 at his residence in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He was born April 28, 1936 in Mount Vernon, Illinois to Dr. Harry Goff, Sr. & Margaret Pebbles (Matthews) Thompson. He married Sheila Raye Gamber on March 31, 1973 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
Dr. Thompson is survived by his wife, Sheila Raye Thompson of Mount Vernon, Illinois; 6 children, Carole Elizabeth Coats and husband, Paul of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Rebecca Lynn Hohe and husband, Michael of OFallon, Missouri, Harry Goff Thompson III and wife, Regina of Boyd, Illinois, Dr. Jeffrey Carl Thompson and wife, Debbie of OFallon, Missouri, Justin Wayne Thompson of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Jason Rael Thompson and wife, Euginia of Devon, Pennsylvania; 9 grandchildren, Alaina Cusumano and husband, Lance of Mount Vernon, Joshua Coats and wife Stephanie of Westminster,Colorado, Meredith Webb and husband, Mark of Springboro, Ohio, Miranda Hohe, Caroline Hohe, Megan Thompson, Nick Thompson, Jack Thompson all of OFallon, Missouri, and Benjamin Goff Thompson of Devon, Pennsylvania; 3 great-granddaughters, Clara Webb, Lucia Cusumano and Rosalie Webb; 3 sisters, Mary Alice and husband, Joe Regenhardt of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Caroline Crocker and husband, Jack of St. Augustine, Florida, and Elizabeth Rhoads and husband, Russell of Lakeland, Florida; and mother and father-in-law, Fred and Shirley Gamber of Desoto, Missouri.
Dr. Harry Goff Thompson was preceded in death by his parents and by Carole Sue (Richey) Thompson, mother of four of his children.
Goff attended Mt. Vernon Township High School where he was a starting player of the basketball team which went on to win the 1954 Illinois State Championship, and was a member of the MVTHS Hall of Fame. He was named Distinguished Alumnus of MVTHS in 2009. He was a lifelong fan of the Rams Basketball where he not only held season tickets for 45 years, but also served as team physician for over 20 years. Goff attended Washington University where he earned a B.A., M.S., and a Doctor of Medicine. Immediately after medical school Goff entered the U.S. Army and achieved rank of Captain. He interned at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and went on to be assigned to Battle Group Surgeon at Fort Riley, Kansas during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a charter member of the American Board of Family Practice. He was Board Certified and a charter member of the Geriatrics Specialization. During his career in Mount Vernon, he made many, many house calls and delivered thousands of babies from 1964-1979. He was Medical Director of the Rehabilitation Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital since it was initiated by him in 1975. He was named the 2007 Rural Practitioner of the Year by the Illinois Rural Health Association and was honored by the Illinois House of Representatives as such. He was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon and he was also a first degree Mason and a member of the Mount Vernon Masonic Lodge #31 as well as a member of the Mount Vernon Elks Club 819.
Military Rites will be held at 4:30 P.M. Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois conducted by Chaplain Ernie Collins of the Mount Vernon American Legion Post #141.
Visitation will follow from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
Memorials: Trinity Episcopal Church and Pets for Vets
Call Hughey Funeral Home at 618-242-3348 for more information.
Published on December 4, 2017
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