Edward B. “Ed” Thompson, 53, of Albion

Edward B. “Ed” Thompson, 53, of Albion, passed away Wednesday, March 3 at Linda E. White Hospice House in Evansville, Ind. surrounded by the love of his family. He was born on May 10, 1967 in Olney, the son of Jimmy and Barbara (Hamilton) Thompson. He married Kim Kennard on March 25, 1995 and together they have enjoyed twenty-five years of marriage, centered around their family.

Ed, also known as “Eddie” to his family, close friends and classmates, was a dedicated employee of Albion Equipment Company as a service technician for thirty-one years. He took his job seriously and always made sure to do his best to be helpful and get the job done right. Ed was an avid sports fan. He greatly enjoyed playing, watching and coaching basketball. His favorite team to follow was U of I Basketball and his favorite professional player was Michael Jordan. Ed also enjoyed watching St. Louis Cardinals Baseball and was a NASCAR fan. 

He often participated in dirt bike races around the area. He loved being involved with 4-H activities and Jackpot Pig Shows. He was always the last to leave these events, making sure no one was left behind who might need any help with anything. Dearest to Ed’s heart was his family. 

He was very proud of his children and all of their accomplishments. He was a member of Little Prairie Christian Church and he will be deeply missed by his family and many friends. 

Ed leaves behind his loving wife, Kim; children, Trent Thompson and Tori Thompson; mother, Barbara Thompson; brother, Craig Thompson and wife, Stacy; sister, Marsha Runyon and husband, Mark; mother-in-law, Suzie Kennard; brother-in-law, Dan Kennard; sisters-in-law, Denia Hedge, Nickie Osborne and Diane Kennard; several nieces, nephews, cousins and close and dearest friends, Trevor and Jackie Borowiak and Derek Moore. 

Ed was preceded in death by his father; father-in-law, Charles Kennard and brother-in-law, Brett Kennard.

Family and friends gathered for a Visitation on Monday, March 8 at Little Prairie Christian Church in Albion.

Funeral Services were held Tuesday, March 9 at Little Prairie Christian Church with Pastor Tom Cater officiating. Burial followed at Graceland Cemetery in Albion.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ed’s memory to the Children of Ed Thompson. A fund has been established at Citizens National Bank in Albion. Envelopes will be at Little Prairie Christian Church or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 North Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Ed’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Thompson family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com