James “Billy” Thompson Jr. passed away Saturday, March 12, 2022, at his home near Rossville after a short battle with CJD. Bill was born May 23, 1963, in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He graduated from Junction City High School in 1982, and he went on to study mental health at Washburn University.
Bill landed his first job as a case manager for Sheltered Living, kicking off a 17-year career in mental health. In 2007, Bill started at the Topeka V.A. as a pharmacy tech, where he had been employed until his death. Bill was a member of the Rossville Christian Church and the Men’s group there.
In 1988, Bill met Carolyn Brian. They were married going on to have two children, Jami and Briana. Carolyn survives at their home.
Other survivors include his daughters, Jami (Jacob) Auldridge, and their children, Draven, Harrison & Oliver, Rossville and Briana (Brent) Gould, and their daughter, Eleanora, Lebo; his brother, Louis Thompson, Hyampom, CA; and his sister, Debbie Haden, Palmdale, CA.
A Celebration of Life will be at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, March 19, 2022, at the Rossville Christian Church. Inurnment will follow in the Meriden Cemetery. A memorial visitation will be held Friday, March 18, 2022, from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M . at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease), 3634 W. Market Street, Suite 110, Akron, OH, 44333 or Midland Hospice, and both may be sent to Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.