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Darryl Thompson

March 17, 1953 - August 15, 2016
Muskegon, MI



Saturday, August 27, 2016
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
Fruitport VFW
5201 Airline Rd.
Muskegon, MI 49444

Life Story / Obituary


Taken from his loved ones too soon, Darryl Thompson was an extraordinary man to know and love. The rock of his family, he lived and breathed to shower his wife, children, and grandchildren with his love. Darryl was the sort of person who did what needed to be done, and he faced whatever came his way with both strength and courage that were truly unmatched. Although he could be a bit stubborn when it came to the things he was passionate about, he also had a heart that was as big as they come. Deeply loved, Darryl leaves behind a timeless legacy that his loved ones will proudly carry on in his footsteps.

It seems only fitting that Darryl’s journey began during a time that was as vibrant as he was. It was the 1950s when Elvis Presley took the music world by storm, James Dean made young girls swoon on the silver screen, and televisions were becoming part of our homes like never before. Amidst this exciting time was a time of great anticipation in the lives of Melvin and Betty (Priest) Thompson as they were eagerly awaiting the birth of their new baby as spring appeared on the horizon in Muskegon, Michigan, in March of 1953. The big day finally arrived on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, when the baby boy they named Darryl Sherwin drew his first breath. He was one of six children in the Thompson clan as he was raised in the family home in Wolf Lake in Egelston Township alongside his older siblings, Hiram, George, Melva, and Robin, and his younger sister, Dora.

In many ways Darryl was a young boy of his generation. He enjoyed playing with his siblings and other neighborhood kids and playing baseball, football, fishing, and hunting, especially when he went hunting up North in Kalkaska with his family. Darryl always looked forward to camping with family and blueberry picking as well. As a student he went to Carr School and then went on to Oakridge High School where he played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track. Darryl graduated from high school in 1972.

Not to be forgotten during high school was Darryl’s introduction to the young woman of his dreams. Her name was Sandra Norris, and they were introduced by his sister, Melva, at the Christmas dance. They started dating, and it wasn’t long before they fell deeply in love. With a desire to establish a life together Darryl and Sandra were married on July 15, 1972. Together they welcomed three children including their daughter Jodie, their son, Jamy, and their daughter Melissa into their hearts and home. They raised their children in Wolf Lake, and Darryl has been called the best father any child could ever ask for. He was loving, made it to every sporting event and school function, and he would do or give anything for his children. Darryl and Sandra enjoyed camping with their children and also took annual trips to Cedar Point, went to Disney, and started a new tradition of taking his grandchildren to Michigan Adventure in later years. Darryl loved Christmas because that was time spent with family and making memories. To support his family he spent 25 years working at Buehrle, and he then went to work at Port City Die Cast until he retired at the age of 62. He always did whatever it took to take care of his family no matter the personal sacrifice. This included working two jobs when they were first married to doing landscaping and underground sprinkling system jobs on the side in summer. In everything he did, Darryl was always teaching his family, too.

Throughout his life Darryl cherished spending time with his family. He was thrilled to become a grandfather, and his grandchildren were the light of his life. Darryl loved taking them to the park, having them help in the garden, and taking them to school or work. Darryl also took them fishing, took them camping and to Lewis farm market, and went to all their school functions. Darryl was so very proud of his grandchildren, and he made sure that he made each of them a recordable book. His family looked forward to Darryl’s stories, and they were usually tales about when he and his siblings were growing up. Most times these stories took place around the dinner table and involved someone getting hurt and creating some sort of mischief. His dogs, Minnie and Tillee, were like additional members of his family, and Darryl dearly loved them. He once nursed Minnie back to health after suffering with a back problem, and he was forever keeping a close eye on them. Making sure his dogs were well cared for was always a priority. Darryl loved his community as well, and he was a high school football fanatic who held season tickets for Oakridge Eagles High School football for several years, watching them wherever they were playing every Friday night.

Described as generous, funny, and patient, Darryl Thompson made a significant impact in the lives of everyone he met. A more devoted family man would be hard to find, and although he accomplished so much of which to be proud it was his family who was his greatest source of pride and joy. He will never be forgotten.

Darryl Sherwin Thompson, of Muskegon MI, passed away on Monday, August 15, 2016. Darryl’s family includes his wife, Sandy; children, Jodie Thompson (Eric Santos) of Muskegon, Jamy (Katie) Thompson of Muskegon, Melissa (Chad) Greenfield of Hastings; brothers, Hiram (Sherry) Thompson of Manton, George (Carolyn) Thompson of Muskegon, Robin (Barb) Thompson of Breckenridge, Sisters Melva (Robert) Nystrom of Hastings, and Dora Paige (Dave) of Muskegon, grandchildren Daniel Taylor, Courtney Taylor, Isabelle Santos, Lucas Thompson, Jake Thompson, Easton Greenfield, Brayden Greenfield, Aerabella Greenfield and many nieces and nephews. Darryl was preceded in death by his parents Melvin and Betty Thompson, in-laws Herman and Mary Alice Norris, brother in-laws Jim Ferski and Norman Norris, nephews David Rosencrans and Chris Norris. A celebration of life memorial will be held Saturday August 27th 1-4 p.m. at the Fruitport VFW, 5201 Airline Rd Muskegon, MI 49444. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

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