Janet Bixby Thompson

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Janet Thompson

Janet Bixby Thompson

May 15, 1932

April 13, 2017

Janet Bixby Thompson passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on April 13. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Butler Community Center, 1604 FM 489 in Fairfield. Janet Thompson was born May 15, 1932, in Shellsburg, Iowa, to Merl and Lucille Weir. She was the oldest of three children, with a sister, Roberta, and brother, Gordon. In March 1951 she married William (Bill) Ray Thompson following his completion of boot camp for the U.S. Navy. After Bill’s discharge from the Navy, they moved back to Vinton, Iowa. Bill began technical school in Chicago shortly after moving back to Vinton. Janet and their two children, Gordon Duane and Jana Rae, moved back in with her parents at their farm while Bill continued his education. During this time Janet worked as an operator at the phone company in Vinton. Following Bill’s graduation with training in Mechanical Engineering, Bill was offered a position with the former Collins Radio in Richardson. At this time Janet began her career with Texas Instruments. Bill and Janet had two more children, Lorraine (Lori) Marie and Arthur (Art) Merl. Bill and Janet raised their family and lived in the Richardson/Plano area until their retirement. As a couple, they were very active in square dancing and bridge, making many lifelong friends. The children married and began their own families: Duane and Karen Thompson, Greg and Jana Miller, Tim and Lori January, and Art Thompson. Following Bill and Janet’s retirement, they fulfilled their dream of moving to the country. Bill and Janet built a home on 10 acres in Fairfield. The adjoining acreage was purchased and homes were built for Janet’s parents, Merl and Lucille Weir, as well Janet’s brother and his wife, Gordon and Jeannie Weir.


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