Illustrious Samuel Joseph Thompson
  • In lieu of flowers, Sam's family prefers memorial contributions be made to the
  • Shriners Children's Hospital
    C/O Murat Shrine Temple
    510 N. New Jersey St.
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

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“Please accept our deepest condolences on your profound loss, Fran. Love, Ken & Susan ”
1 of 25 | Posted by: Ken & Susan Dechert - Rock Island, IL

“We are so sorry we didn't get to see you Saturday. We had an event downtown and had to work. Please know how sorry we are and will always have fond...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Cindy and Barry Wides - IN

“We will greatly miss Sam and his involvement with the neighborhood association which he led as president for many years. Our hearts are with Fran...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Gadi Boukai - Indianapolis, IN

“Fran, So very sorry that we cannot be with you in person. You and your family are in our prayers. We have so many terrtific memories of you and...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Larry Harris and Rich Lisner - OK

“You will be missed. I truly enjoyed the visits to your home and fellowship you and your wife shared with others and their wives and friends. God has...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Gerald Woodard - Indianapolis , IN

Uncle Sam toasting me (his flower girl) at his wedding in 1983 “Sam had a heart of gold and was a wonderful man. I hope you enjoy a beer with Grandpa and Uncle Warren in Heaven. You will be deeply missed Uncle...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Heather Miller - Whitestown, IN

“Sam Thompson was a great mentor, masonic brother, sir knight and fellow Shrine Noble. He got me initiated in the Order of the Que, Kowad, VCM and...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Kevin Scott - Indianapolis, IN

“I am proud to have known you as a dedicaed Mason and a friend. You were an inspiration to many people. May God blerss and keep you. ”
8 of 25 | Posted by: Andy Barbera - Greenfield, IN

“Sam and I have been friends for a long time, through the Scottish RIte and Murat Shrine. He was the nicest, most friendly and helpful man I ever met...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: H Terry Sanders - Franklin, IN

“Sam was a good friend of mine. He taught me a lot when it came to managing a business. Through his training I became President of the Gatlin Gun...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Albert Zumpe - Indianapolis, IN

“Uncle Sam is a great individual who has made my lovely Aunt Fran happy for 29 wonderful years. His love for her was very impressive, and he showed it...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Frederic A. Fitch - Indianapolis, IN

“Dear Fran and family Sam will be sorely missed by many who enjoyed his contagious humor,enthusiam and encouragement. May God bless you all Wally...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Wallace Renn - Fishers, IN

“I first met Sam through the Murat Dramatic Cast. I allways enjoyed his company at the Shrine or Convention Parades, the Sottish Rite or any place...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: Steven A. Marsh P.M. 33rd. deg. - IN

“Sam was a great man! I will never forget how he helped me in time of need. Sam was always a joy to see and talk with. Sam will be missed in so many...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: Vicki Micks - Indianapolis, IN

Dianah & Clint Sparks “Here's to all of the wonderful memories of events and times we've spent together! Sharing our lives with Sam & Fran has been a wonderful and...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Dianah & Clint Sparks - IN

“We shared so many wonderful times together. Between Sam & my Dad (Ron LeJeune), it's hard to know which one could talk more or tell the better story...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Carrie LeJeune - Chicago, IL

“Sam became my younger bro beer buddy. Whether we were on his back yaaaad deck under the great tree, or in our desert back yaaad under the winter sun...Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: Hunter - Palm Springs, CA

“We were so sorry to hear about Sam, you and family are in our thoughts and prayers, I know he will be greatly missed by all, Tim and Trish Mosier ”
18 of 25 | Posted by: Trish Mosier - Indianapolis, IN

“This was a Man, a Mason, my Mentor, and my Friend. ”
19 of 25 | Posted by: Bill Cothran - Carmel, IN

“So many memories. ”
20 of 25 | Posted by: Beckie Cunningham Hull

“Sam, what a great man! Thank you for setting such a fine example by living such a kind and generous life. You will be missed. ”
21 of 25 | Posted by: Patty Smith - Indianapolis, IN

“Thank you, Sam, for your words of encouragement, and for your personal example. "It's all about hang time, Babe." ”
22 of 25 | Posted by: Carson C. Smith, MSA - IN

“Sammy - I'll always miss randomly walking in to the Oasis to have you as Lukey-boy how things are going and telling me to keep on trying. I'll miss...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Luke Stark - Indianapolis, IN

“Sam, your commitment, enthusiasm, and energy for friends, neighbors and special causes will be remembered and missed. Keep Smiling! ”
24 of 25 | Posted by: Pat and Jim Annis - Indianapolis

“I can only hope to be half as good of a friend as Sam was to me and many many others ”
25 of 25 | Posted by: Dan Stewart & Lori Huntley - IN


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Illustrious Samuel Joseph Thompson, 33rd, of Indianapolis, died Saturday, January 19, 2013; he was 74. Sam was born August 1, 1938 in Terre Haute, Indiana to Warren C. and Helen G. Stewart Thompson. After graduating from Wiley High School went on to have a very successful career of which he spent the last 25 years as a food broker working beside his wife every day at Thompson Marketing.

Sam's journey in Masonry began at a very young age when he became active in the Terre Haute Chapter Order of DeMolay as a teenager. Those early experiences began a remarkable fraternal way of life that Sam enjoyed for the next six decades. He introduced hundreds of young men to Freemasonry, believed in them, supported them, and helped them discover all the fraternity had to offer. Being a Mason was truly a way of life for Sam; it forged life-long friendships that sustained Sam until he was called home to the celestial lodge above this past Saturday. Although he has now laid down his "working tools" of this life and his absence will leave a void in the lives of many, his influence will undoubtedly continue to inspire Masons for generations to come.

Sam was raised a Master Mason June 4, 1966 in Hosbrook Lodge No. 473; he continued to become a Past Master of Zion Lodge No.197 and Charles F. Frank Lodge No. 760 in Zionsville; he currently enjoys membership at Calvin W. Prather Lodge No. 717 in Indianapolis, and he was a former member of Hosbrook Chapter No. 284 Order of the Eastern Star.

Sam held additional fraternal membership in Prather York Rite Bodies; and he was a past Camaxtli of Teocalli 500 in the Order of Quetzalcoatl. Sam was very active at Murat Shrine where he was a member of the Police Club, Past President of the Mobil Nobles, Past President of the VCM, Past President of the Horse Patrol, Past President of the Great Lakes Shrine Horse Patrol, Past President of the International Shrine Horse Patrol, and Past President of the Gatlin Gun Club.

Sam showed hundreds of men further light in Masonry by bringing them to membership in the Scottish Rite, Valley of Indianapolis. He willingly gave countless hours promoting its value, assisting in degree work, and preparing the degree actors by serving as Chairman of the Make-Up Committee for the annual Reunions and Convocations. Sam's dedication and commitment to the Valley of Indianapolis was recognized by the fraternity when he was crowned an Honorary 33rd degree Mason in 2005 at Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to his giving fraternal spirit, Sam was an ordained minister and presided over many weddings acting as such.

Sam is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 29 years, Fran; his daughter, Marcie Hensel; his mother, Helen Thompson; his sisters, Bev Miller and Carolyne Marchbanks; his step-daughters, Kim Dechert and Wendy King; his step-son, Robert Walker; and his 12 grandchildren. Sam was preceded in death by his father, Warren C. Thompson; and his brother, Warren W. Thompson.

Visitation will be from 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral Auditorium, 650 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46204 with a Masonic Funeral Service and Honorary 33rd degree Mason Tribute beginning at 2 pm.

In lieu of flowers, Sam's family encourages memorial contributions be directed to Shriners Children's Hospitals C/O Murat Shrine Temple, 510 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. Arrangements have been entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan-Zionsville.

You are invited to offer your condolences, share your memories, or view a video tribute of Sam's life at www.flannerbuchanan.com