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A.R. Thompson

A.R. Thompson Albert R. Thompson, age 86, died Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Al or “A.R.” as many remember him by, was born September 21, 1932 in Oklahoma to Alta Louise and Ray Thompson. Following his parent’s divorce, his mother married Frank Maraule who was “Pops” for the remainder of his life.

A.R. served his country as a Marine during the Korean War era, and later graduated from the University of Kansas in 1960 to begin a career as a band director. He worked for the Winchester, Clifton, and Parsons, KS school systems, and retired with more than 20 years with the Manhattan school system. During his years in Manhattan, he directed at the elementary schools, as well as the high school’s concert band and the Blue Notes jazz band. He was very proud of the students’ performance in the Blue Notes and many of them pursued musical careers beyond their high school years. He fondly remembered the awards and honors that they achieved to include the Libby’s award in 1979 for the Blue Notes performance of the tune “Libby’s Through the Ages” that A. R. wrote. He also performed at various local businesses with his own band and other musicians’ bands. He had many hobbies to include trains, remote controlled airplanes, and producing home movies starring “the Troops.”

A.R. is survived by his partner of 26 years, Dee Amstein, his loving dog Mozart, and his 4 children: Alice (Ron) Blackwell, Eric (Theresa) Thompson, Alan (Michele) Thompson, Eve (Guy) Ane. He is also survived by 7 beautiful grandchildren: Matt (Shanna) and Sarah Blackwell, Iris and Lily Thompson, Dylan and Connor Thompson, and Margot Ane.

Visitation will be held at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS on Monday, January 28 from 1:00-2:00pm. Private graveside services will be held at Sunrise Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to organizations of your choice.

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