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Melvin Thompson, 75

Melvin Thompson, age 75, of Ava, Mo., formerly of Topeka, Kan., passed away at his home in Ava Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.

He was born Nov. 9, 1938 in Topeka the son of Roy C. Thompson and Juanita M. Huntsman Thompson.  Melvin grew up in Topeka, moving to Ava, Mo., 43 years ago.

He married Carolyn Wagner Nov. 23, 1960, in Topeka.  Melvin worked as a truck driver but most of his life and time was spent as a farmer in the Ava area.  Melvin enjoyed working with his hands building most things around him, including his own home.  His real love was to work with iron.

He enjoyed working with quarter horses and was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association.  Melvin and Carolyn attended   the Friendship Freewill Baptist Church near Ava.  Melvin enjoyed country music.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Wagner) Thompson; a son, Dale Thompson, of Rifle, Colo.; a sister, Jo Anne Thompson Heckard; four grandsons, Austin McNeil, Melvin Aaron Thompson II, Cody Lane Thompson and Jake Alan Thompson; and one great- grandson, Noah McNeil.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 3 p.m. at the Davidson Funeral Home in Topeka, Kan. Interment was at the Half Day Cemetery in Elmont, Kan.

Memorial contributions may be made to either Friendship Freewill Baptist Church of Ava, or the American Cancer Society.

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Memorial services will be Friday, Nov. 29,  at 2 p.m. at the Friendship Freewill Baptist  Church in Ava.