Roger Arnold Thompson, 59, of Blue Springs, Missouri, passed away January 21, 2010, from cancer, a disease that could not diminish his quick wit, caring personality, or exceptional intelligence.

Roger Arnold Thompson, 59, of Blue Springs, Missouri, passed away January 21, 2010, from cancer, a disease that could not diminish his quick wit, caring personality, or exceptional intelligence.

Roger was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Richard W. Thompson and Lois (Bottrell) Thompson. He graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School and the University of Kansas. Roger loved working for the University of Kansas Physicians, Inc. as a Systems Production Operator, and also teaching computer classes at the Blue River Community College for 20 years. Roger was so gifted musically that he could practically pick up any instrument and just begin playing it. He was an excellent guitarist, both classical and electric, and taught himself to play the piano and fiddle. He also sounded Taps on the trumpet for military events at Lenexa Cemetery several times. Roger loved spending time at home with his wife of 35 years, Linda Tilden Thompson, and treasured his wonderful friends and neighbors. He took great pride in his beautiful yard and landscaping, enjoyed working for the neighborhood association, and making woodworking projects for family. He also spent time coaching basketball, softball, and especially enjoyed baseball, which he played for many years.

Roger’s parents preceded him in death. His survivors include his wife, his sister and brother-in-law Sherri and Steve White of Olathe, Kansas, and his nephews Clint White and Weston White. He also leaves many other family members, friends, co-workers, and his beloved cats which will miss him dearly.

The family would like to thank the Kansas City Hospice for their continued help, support, and loving care. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145 or Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741, or a charity of the donor’s choice. 

A remembrance gathering will be held in March at the Unity Village Rose Garden followed by a celebration of life at his home.