Ronald M. Thompson

CHERRY VALLEY — Ronald “Ronnie” M. Thompson of Cherry Valley, died Saturday Jan. 9, 2016, at Bassett Healthcare Network in Cooperstown, following a three-year battle with cancer.

Born in Cherry Valley on Jan. 23, 1943, to Harold “Pete” and Jessie Margaret Montgomery Thompson, he was a 1960 graduate of Cherry Valley Central School.

Ron served in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1970. Until his retirement, he was employed by Beech-Nut, Lifesavers and Richardson Brands.

He was a past member of the Cherry Valley Fire Department and was a 37-year member of American Legion Post 1360 of Cherry Valley.

Ron was an avid hunter, talented woodworker and loving companion to his dog, Jennie.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Bonnie Costello Thompson; daughter, Dawn Thompson Gage and her husband, Dennis; and two grandsons, Peter Ruksenas and Nichlas Gage. Also surviving are his brother, Walter and his wife, Mollie; sister, Marjorie Dubben and her husband, Sam; and brother, Jon and his wife, Jill. Ron is also survived by an aunt, Helen Thompson; several cousins; eight nieces and nephews; 15 grandnieces and nephews; and four great-grand nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15, with an American Legion Service at 8 p.m. at Ottman Funeral Home in Cherry Valley. Funeral services with military honors, will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, also at Ottman Funeral Home.

Ron will be laid to rest in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion Post 1360 of Cherry Valley or Louis Hager Busch Cancer Center at Bassett Healthcare Network in Cooperstown.

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Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.

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