Steve Thompson was born in a one-room hospital in Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 27, 1947 to Bill and Bea Thompson. He joined his two older brothers, Ed and Larry, and was later joined by a younger brother, Ben. The family moved to Boulder, CO when Steve was 8 years old and remained there through his childhood. Steve was a proud graduate of Boulder High School, Class of 1965. He spent some time in the United States Air Force before returning to Boulder. He started working for the City of Boulder Streets Department and remained there for over 40 years before retiring at the age of 57. He wasn’t done working, however, and wanted to learn the ins and outs of the retail industry, so he took on part-time jobs at Sears, Hobby Lobby, and Lowe’s. Steve met his wife, Linda, on a blind date, on July 3, 1971. A year later, on July 1, 1972, they were married. The following July, they had their first child, a son, Brett. Four years later, missing the July theme by 3 days, they had a daughter, Alicia. Steve was a very active, very loving man. He spent many years riding his bike from Louisville to Boulder and back for work, often making Brett do it with him in the summer. He always had a project going of some sort around the house and at church. He was first to volunteer when anyone needed help. He always had to have a dog around the house, and it broke his heart whenever one of them was sick or needed to leave us. His family and his faith were everything to him. He never missed a sporting event, play, concert, or any ceremony that involved his kids, and later his grandkids. He loved seeing them happy and spending time with them. He took their interests and ran with them, learning as much as he could so he could connect with them. He especially liked learning about trains and building a model train track for his youngest grandson, Trayse. He was the master of dad jokes and riddles, always cracking them, often to his family’s eye-rolls. He was an adventurer at heart. He was always up for something that would get his heart racing. He loved riding rides at Disney with his kids, especially the roller coasters. He recently swam with sharks in Hawaii with his daughter, Alicia. The biggest adventures involved motorcycles. He spent a lot of his teen years and young adulthood riding motorcycles with his brother, Ben, and his buddies. After retirement, one of his first purchases was a Harley Davidson, and he and Linda would ride it around town and through the mountains. He loved exploring Colorado with his grandkids, finding new museums and events for them to explore. He loved attending concerts with his daughter, especially Rod Stewart. Steve’s biggest love was his wife, Linda. The two of them were inseparable. He always called her his partner for life and was so excited when she retired so they could spend all their days together. They were always off on some adventure for the day, watching the grandkids together, or just enjoying being together. He supported her in all her activities. His love for her was endless. Steve is survived by his wife, Linda, his kids, Brett and Alicia, his daughter-in-law Marian, his grandkids, Georgia, Leili, Howie, and Trayse, and his brother Ed, and his wife, Marsha. He is also survived by his nephew, Mason, his nieces, Jill, Karen, and Leah, and their families. Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Bea, his brothers, Ben and Larry, and his puppies, Lippy, Jojo, J.D., Gus, Alex, Elvis, and Thor the Wondermutt. Due to restrictions for COVID-19, the service is by invitation only. Eternal Savior Lutheran Church will be live-streaming the service on their Facebook page or the church website: https://eternalsavior-lutheran.org on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 10:00 AM for those that wish to attend virtually. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eternal Savior Lutheran Church Reredos Fund (2688 Northpark Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026; 303-665-6105) or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (https://afsp.donordrive.com).
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