Neil was born January 24, 1929, at the family ranch south of Upton to Clarence and Bernice (Sheldon) Thompson. He was the fourth child of seven children. He was educated at the Douglas-Fulton School, which was moved and then called the Chapman School, until he went to Upton High School, graduating in 1946.
Neil married his sweetheart, Georgia Mae Materi, on November 23, 1949, in a double ring ceremony with her brother, Dean Materi and his bride, Wanda Canfield. Neil rose to the rank of sergeant in the US Army, serving his country from 1951 to 1953.
Neil and Georgia Mae raised seven children, Aneilia (Mark) Snider of Gillette, Wyoming, Julie (Cliff) Abbott of Upton, Kathy (Gene) Watt of Heaven, John (Denise) Thompson, and Pam (Jim) Locke of Upton, Corinne (Andrew) Sigala of Douglas, Wyoming, and Brent (K.D.) Thompson of Upton. He is also grandfather to nineteen grandchildren, Jamie (Dan) Wade, Jessie (Teague) Becker, Greg (Ellen) Locke, Nick Watt, Becky (Tracy) Hadlock, Darcee Snider, Shane Thompson, Audra Locke, Jillian (Travis) Tharp, Tyler Abbott, Shelby (Kyle) Slater, Matt Sigala, Courtney Sigala, Katelyn Sigala, Caleb Thompson, Corbin Thompson, Adan Sigala, Dylan Thompson, Ashley Baillo; and great-grandfather to 20 great-grandchildren. Also a part of his life is his special companion and dancing partner, Wanda Materi; brothers, Ernest (Gertrude) Thompson, Truman Thompson, Stanley (Eileen) Thompson; sisters, Kathryn (David) Holwell, Clarice (Jack) Pridgeon; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
During his lifetime, Neil was very active in Farm Bureau, a 4-H leader for over 25 years, served on the Upton school board, a volunteer fireman and an EMT for many years, taught hunter safety course, was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus and charter member of the Upton Gun Club. Neil was a rancher with his brother, Ernest, for 15 years, held numerous positions in the oilfield and ran Thompson Ditching for many years.
Neil was welcomed into Heaven by his wife, his daughter and son-in-law, his parents, and his sister, Leone Nolan.
A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Upton, followed by a Wake and Celebration of Life at 7:30 p.m. at the Upton Senior Center. Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the Upton Community Center with luncheon to immediately follow.
Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapels of Sundance, WY. Online condolences may be written to www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com