Neil Allen Thompson

March 05, 1944 ‒ May 17, 2019

Centerburg, Ohio

Neil Allen Thompson, age 75, of Centerburg, passed away Friday, May 17th, 2019 at Forest Hills Center of Columbus. Neil was born March 5th, 1944 in Mt. Vernon, son of the late Earl and Helen (Wilson) Thompson.

Neil graduated in 1963 from Centerburg High School, marrying Carol Ann Drake on October 24, 1965. Together they shared over 53 wonderful years together. He worked several years for the Diamond-Bathurst Company, and later retired from the Centerburg Local School District after serving as head custodian for 23 years.

Known as a hardworking person whose motto was “If you’re on time, you’re late,” he was very conscientious and took pride in his work. An avid hunter and fisherman, he also enjoyed tending to his lawn and flower beds. But his special joy was watching the grandkids play sports. Family members say that Neil’s proudest accomplishment was raising his children (along with Carol, of course) and seeing his grandchildren and great-grandchildren mature.

In addition to his wife Carol, Neil is survived by son Brian Thompson, Centerburg; daughter Teresa (Mike) Kuhn, also of Centerburg; brother Don (Molly) Thompson, Centerburg; sister Shirley (Bill) Conn, Dallas Town, PA; grandchildren Amanda (James) Coffey, and Codey, Carley, and Michael Kuhn; as well as great-grandchildren Treven Scurlock and Armani McLaughlin. Along with his parents, Neil was preceded in death by brother Dwain.

Friends may call on Tuesday, May 21st, from 5-8 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. St. Rt. 61 at St. Rt. 3, Sunbury, OH. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 22nd, at 11:00 a.m., at the Milford Church of Christ, 3648 Johnstown Road, Centerburg, OH 43011. In lieu of flowers, donations in Neil’s memory may be made to the church.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve the Thompson family. Special memories and condolences may be expressed to them at

  • This breaks our heart at the loss of Neil. But in this case, God knew best. Things are all good for Neil now. The family, I’m sure knows he’s better. It’s the finality of it that makes you struggle.
    May God Bless them all.

  • Our hearts go out to you, Carol, and family. You are in our prayers. Keith has always talked about what a great football player Neil was. He was a tough, no nonsense guy, you didn’t want to be on the wrong side of . Keith had great respect for him.

  • To Carol and family in the passing of our friend & Bro in Christ. May our Lord Bless and keep you in these days. Shalom! Fred & Sally Albrecht

  • We are so sorry to hear of Neil’s passing. We
    remember him as a good guy and always devilish! We both graduated with Neil from Centerburg.
    I rode the school bus for many years with him and there was never a dull moment.

    Vic & Karla Butts MacTavish

  • So sorry to hear about your family’s loss. He was very much loved from the school and community . We will be thinking of your family❤️

  • Neil nearly always had a smile on his face. When he didn’t, he had good reason. I have fond memories of talking with Neil. He usually had a joke or humorous comment. He brightened many of my days at CES. Rest In Peace Neil. My thoughts and prayers for comfort are with the Thompson family.

  • My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I hope you find comfort in the scripture at Acts 24:15. This is what our God Jehovah promises for us all. And we can look forward to what is written in Psalm 37:9-11 and 29.🌺

  • Sincere sympathy to all of the Thompson families. Neil was one of the tough good guys! May is rest peacefully in God’s loving arms.

  • Carol and Family, Sorry for you loss. Marilyn and I enjoyed your visits and we are sorry we couldn’t attend the funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Marilyn and Ed

  • It was with deep regret I read of Neil’s passing. I have great memories of Neil from our days at Centerburg High School. I especially recall our days when we were P.E. helpers for Coach King.
    Neil was always so kind to me and for that I remain forever grateful.
    Tom Foster