Kill Devil Hills- Jack Thomson, 87, of Kill Devil Hills died Saturday December 5, 2015 at Albemarle Hospital.
in Springfield, Illinois as John Allen Thomson, he was the only child
of John H. and Hilda Clifford Thomson. Following high school graduation
in California, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy’s Flying Midshipman
program. He earned his wings at Pensacola, and served aboard the USS
Biroko during the Korean Conflict.
Jack and his friend
Henry Ferris then embarked on a year-long historic journey by canoe
from the mouth of Venezuela’s Orinoco River, through the length of the
Amazon River system, to Buenos Aires, Argentina. This unique
exploration took them a year and a day.
completed his B. A. degree from UCLA. and earned an M.A. from the
American Institute for Foreign Trade in Phoenix AZ, the U. S.’s first
international business school. AIFT is now named Thunderbird.
career in commercial aircraft sales took him to South America, Europe,
and the Middle East. He retired to the Outer Banks in 1998. Jack was
active in the Military Officers Association and had just been appointed
to the Dare County Airport Board.
Jack is survived by
his wife Jeanne, son, Lance Thomson and daughter-in-law Ruth Thomson of
Chapel Hill, granddaughters Peri, Anna, and Emma Thomson,
step-son Kim Davis, step-daughters Rachel and Jeanne Obbard, and grandson, Theo Obbard.
memorial service will be held at Outer Banks Presbyterian Church Monday
December 21, 2015 at 1 pm. The family will greet friends at the
Gallop Funeral Services Chapel MP 16 Nags Head, the previous
evening from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the
family suggests a donation to Wounded Warrior Project at
www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Condolences to the family may be
expressed at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services is
entrusted with arrangements