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Stephen D. Thompson

Stephen D. Thompson, 59 of Clinton, IL passed away at 10:12 PM October 12, 2022 at the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa.


Services will be 11 AM, Monday, October 17, 2022 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 2 – 4 PM, Sunday, October 16, 2022 at the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or a Pet -friendly charity of your choice.


Steve was born July 31, 1963 in Carbondale, IL, the son of Duane Thompson and Carol (May) Thompson, and grew up in Clinton with his parents Carol and Dennie Bray.


Survivors include his parents Carol and Dennis Bray, Clinton, IL; sister, Dana Stewart, Santa Monica, CA; half-sister, Laura (Chris) Dyrstad, Santa Clarita, CA; and half-brother, David (Sharon) Thompson, Philo, IL.


Steve graduated from the University of Illinois and was a microbiologist and part of the team that developed Flu-Mist. Dedicated to his career and world wide travels, he did find time for the California lifestyle which included hiking and spear fishing.  He retired young, moving back to central Illinois to spend time with friends, and enjoyed curling up with a Kindle version of a good book. He loved cooking for others and was just as comfortable with deer meat as live sea urchin. His dry sense of humor, tender heart and a deep love for his family will make him impossible to forget.  He leaves behind Tripp, the Facebook famous feline that will enjoy life with Grandma and Grandpa. Future rainbows will always remind us that Steve remains alive in our hearts.

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