Craig J. Thompson, age 74, of Lake of the Woods, Hudson, passed away on his birthday, May 22, 2023 at Bethlehem Woods in Fort Wayne. Mr. Thompson was born in Wabash, Indiana on May 22, 1949 to the late Robert Franklin Thompson and Doris Louise (Wilcox) Scott. He graduated from Wabash High School in 1967 and Purdue University.
Petty Officer Third Class Thompson honorably served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1967 and after basic training, he received additional training in Memphis, Tennessee and then was transferred to San Diego, California for aircrewman training. He was aboard the U.S.S. Hornet for a Vietnam deployment and was in Korea. He was stationed at NAS North Island, San Diego for the remainder of his enlistment until his discharge in May 1973. He received the National Defense Service medal, the Vietnam Service medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary medal (Korea) and the Meritorious Unit Commendation Air medal. He was also a member of the North Island Parachute Club.
He married Sally Marie Moore on August 11, 1973, at St. Joe Methodist Church in Fort Wayne. Craig and Sally moved to Lake of the Woods in 1979 coming from Michigan City and Remmington, Indiana. Craig was a semi-truck driver. He owned and operated CJT Enterprises, Inc. and drove for Fort Wayne Foundry and Gladieux until 2004. Craig loved living the lake life. He loved 1950’s music, riding his motorcycle, working on cars, and helping others. In his younger days, he enjoyed water skiing, parasailing, tubing, hunting and collecting and shooting guns.
Wife, Sally Thompson of Lake of the Woods.
Son, Jason and Jenny Thompson of Fort Wayne.
Daughter, Katie Thompson of Fort Wayne.
Two grandchildren: Lucile Jean Thompson and Isaiah Craig Thompson.
Sister, Cathy Anspach of Fort Wayne.
Sister, Darcy and Dan Barr of North Webster.
Brother-in-law, Ray Davenport of South Whitley.
Many nieces and nephews.
Half-sister, Toni and Robert Metzger of Wabash.
Craig was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Thompson and Doris Scott; sister, Sherry Davenport; and a brother, Kelly Scott.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 30, 2023 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM and Wednesday at 10:00 AM at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville.
Funeral services with military honors will be held Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Hite Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Booher officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation or Orland American Legion Post 423.