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Obituary For

Richard Thompson

01/25/1952 - 04/21/2018

Richard Paul Thompson, 66 years old, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2018. Richard was born January 25th, 1952 in Oklahoma City to John and Marion (Cejda) Thompson. The family moved to Bartlesville when Richard was a teenager, where he attended College High School. Richard served in the US Air Force from 1970-72, then attended OSU Oklahoma City graduating with a degree in electronics engineering. Richard worked for Phillips Petroleum, then Applied Automation in various capacities relating to the design of gas chromatographs and related systems. He later worked for ABB before retiring. Richard enjoyed volunteering at Paths To Independence by repairing bicycles and doing odd jobs. Richard is survived by his wife, Ruth Bridendolph Thompson, and two sons: John Edward Thompson (Kim) of Bartlesville, and Nathan Daniel Thompson (Lyndsey) of Broken Arrow. He has two grandchildren that he adored, Spencer J. Thompson and Sofia Christina Thompson. He is also survived by brothers Harold  Thompson of Tulsa, David Thompson of Oklahoma City and sisters Lynn Thompson and Beth Foster of Bartlesville and Judy Andrews of Tulsa.  Brothers-in-law Neil Bridendolph, Bill Bridendolph (Cheryl) all of Bartlesville, Bob Bridendolph (Jamie) of Austin, TX, numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. Donations to Paths To Independence, 4041 Sheridan Drive, Bartlesville, OK 74006 in Richard's name will be gratefully accepted. A come-and-go celebration of Richard's life will be held at the family home on Saturday, April 28th starting at 2:00 p.m. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Walker-Brown Funeral Home.



Paths to Independence
4041 Sheridan Road
Bartlesville OK 74006

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  • Posted by David Thompson from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    So proud of my "Little Brother" for the man he became and the loving family that he has mentored and been so proud of. Rest in peace my Brother and know we all love you and will see you soon.
    04/23/2018 at 11:21pm
  • Posted by David Winfrey from Orange, Texas
    So Sorry to hear the news. I worked for many years with Richard at Applied Automation and learned many things from him. I have fond memories of times I spent with Richard many years ago. I am proud to have known Richard and his family. Prayers for Ruth, John, and Nathan during this difficult time. Rest in Peace my Friend. David & Mary Jo Winfrey
    04/25/2018 at 01:03am
  • Posted by Sandy Wilkie-Barlow from Bartlesville, Oklahoma
    Sorry to hear of Richard's passing. The Wilkie Sunset CC family welcome Richard to Sunset in the heavens. All of the Wilkie family, but myself, are now up at Sunset in the heavens. Have so many memories of Richard and his family playing golf at Sunset cc. My prayers and condolences to Ruth, Nathan( who I watch on tv all the time),John and all the extended family.
    04/25/2018 at 07:10pm