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Dr. Samuel Wesley Thompson, II, age 88, of Gurnee, Ill., passed away May 1, 2014, at Manor Care Hospital in Libertyville, Ill..

He was born in Fayette, Mo., on July 25, 1925, to the late Samuel Wesley Thompson, I and Virginia Nelson Thompson.

Dr. Thompson served his nation in the United States Army for over 20 years retiring at the rank of Colonel. During his service he was stationed in Guam and Occupied Japan following World War II and with the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

In the late 1940’s he graduated from Iowa State University earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He was the founder and long-time director of the Charles Lewis Davis Foundation which is an international veterinary pathology foundation furthering the education of students of veterinary medicine in the field of pathology. He also authored several books on veterinary histology and pathology which are currently used as texts for many veterinary students.

He was a member of the Episcopalian faith.

Survivors include his wife, Dr. Vladislava Roc-Thompson of Gurnee, Ill.; a daughter, Maggie Elliott and husband, Dana of Fayette, Mo.; four grandchildren, John Thompson, Margaret Ann Elliott and Daniel Elliott and Samuel Wesley Thompson, IV and three great-grandchildren, Arcadia and Pacific Thompson and Delilah Thompson.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Burham Thompson; a daughter, Barbara Thompson; a son, Samuel Wesley Thompson, III and a grandson, Michael Thompson.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 7, 2014, from 12 p.m. (noon) until 1:45 p.m. at Carr-Yager Funeral Home in Fayette, Mo. Graveside services with full military honors will follow at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Fayette at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Missouri Veterans Commission in care of Carr-Yager Funeral Home, 204 N. Linn Ave., Fayette, Missouri 65248.

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