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September 13, 1927 - February 10, 2017
Reverend (Stanley) Fred Thompson
September 13, 1927 ~ February 10, 2017
Reverend (Stanley) Fred Thompson went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 10, 2017,
with his wife, Dot, at his side. He was a generous, giving, kind and loving husband and father
and shepherd to his congregations. The many whose lives he blessed will miss him.
Fred was born in Utopia, KS on September 13, 1927. He lived his early years in Kansas and
moved with his family to Colorado’s Western Slope when he was in the fifth grade. Fred attended
Grand Junction High School and graduated from Palisade High School in 1945.
Following graduation, Fred enlisted in the US Army, was trained as a Parachutist and served with
the occupation forces in Japan. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant at the end of
On Easter Sunday, March 28, 1948, Fred married Dot (Dorothy Gillmore) at the First Baptist
Church of Grand Junction. They would have celebrated their 69th year of marriage this coming
Following a short stint with the US Bureau of Reclamation, Fred re-enlisted with the US Army
and served as Recruiting Sergeant for two years, at which time he was again honorably
discharged. He continued his military service with the Army National Guard.
In 1963, he received his ordination in the American Baptist Church and served the Molina
Baptist Church as a part-time pastor while continuing his work as a self-employed home builder.
Fred retired from his military service in 1968 as a Major and returned to his work with the
American Baptist Churches serving as an Administrator of the denominationally owned Park
Avenue Baptist Nursing Home in Denver, CO until 1974. At this time, Fred returned to the
ministry–a job he so loved and for which he had great passion. He served the Hillcrest Baptist
Church in Arvada, CO for the next ten years until his relocation to Montrose in 1984. He served
as the Pastor of First Baptist Church in Montrose from 1984 until his retirement in 1991. He also
enjoyed many years as Camp Pastor and Camp Director of the Grand Mesa Baptist Assembly
Church camp at Barron Lake.
Fred loved watching the Denver Broncos Football Team, Colorado Rockies Baseball Team,
reading, gardening, and most of all, being surrounded by family at holidays and family
gatherings. He and Dot also loved trailering around the United States following his retirement.
Fred is survived by his lovely bride, Dot, of 68 years; six children: Scott (Patty) Thompson of
Fruita, CO; Kurt (Shonie) Thompson of Molina, CO; Krista Thompson of Montrose, CO; Kevin
(Cindy) Thompson of Montrose, CO; Kent (Tina) Thompson of Erbendorf, Germany; and Kelly
Thompson of Montrose, CO; 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; his sister, Melba
(Jack) Cutter of Longmont, CO and numerous nieces and nephews. Fred was preceded in death
by five brothers and one sister. Services will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 18th, at
Rosemont Baptist Church, 1598 Niagara Road, Montrose,
Memorial contributions can be made to Rosemont Baptist Church or HopeWest Hospice and
Palliative Care. Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory of Montrose is assisting the family.