Obituary: Harold Ray Thompson, 88, New Haven

Harold Ray Thompson, 88, of New Haven, died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, surrounded by his family. He was born Feb. 20, 1929, to the late Bernard and Emma Ratliff Thompson. He was a member of St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church in New Haven.


He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He retired from Seagram’s Distillery with 25 years of service. He was a farmer, a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Catherine Altar Society, New Haven Optimist Club, the Democratic Committee, the Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion and the Rolling Fork Board of Directors.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Louis Thompson, one grandson, Joe Eddie Ball, on brother, William “Billy” Thompson.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years: Ruth “Rosie” Cahoe Thompson of New Haven; three daughters, Pam (Larry) Ball of New Haven, Mary (Kent) Henry of Louisville and Gina (David) Mudd of Bardstown; two sons, John (Dianne) Thompson and Albert (Etta) Thompson, both of Shepherdsville; one sister, Opal (Merrille) Mattingly of Lebanon; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church in New Haven with the Rev. Chris Lubecke and the Rev. Scott Wimsett officiating. Burial is in the church cemetery military rites by the Marion County Honor Guard.

Visitation is 2-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, and 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel of the William R. Rust Funeral Home, 167 N. Main St., New Haven, with a prayer service Friday at 5 p.m. with the Rev. Chris Lubecke.

The William R. Rust Funeral Home in New Haven is in charge of arrangements.


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