ROUNDHEAD — Howard Thompson, 97, died surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at 6:35 a.m., at his home in rural Roundhead. He was born Sept. 3, 1916, to Martin and Effie (Campbell) Thompson. On April 18, 1936, he married Marjorie L. Austin, in Newport, Ky., and she preceded him in death on Aug. 14. 2007.

Howard graduated from Alger High School in 1933. He was the production line leader and operator at Excello Corporation, in Lima, and retired from the company in 1979, after 29 years of service. He also worked on his family farm and greenhouse.

Active in the community, Howard was a member of both Lakeview Eagles and Lakeview Masonic Lodge F&AM #722, where he was a 50 plus year member, Kenton Council #65, Antioch Shrine of Dayton and Scioto Royal Arch Masons #119, of Kenton. He loved hunting, fishing, camping and trap shooting.

Howard was a past President of Roundhead School Board and a founding member and President of the Upper Scioto Valley School Board consolidating Roundhead, Alger and McGuffey Schools.

Survivors include five sons, Jim Thompson, of Wapakoneta, Tom (Linda) Thompson, of Lima, Ed (Pam) Thompson, of Findlay, Brian Thompson, of Waynesfield, and Jon (Monica) Thompson, of Roundhead; four daughters, Marlene (Gordon) Holbrook, of Waynesfield, Joyce (Gene) Compton, of Roundhead, Phyllis (Rex) McKinley, of East Liberty, and Jenelle Thompson, of Roundhead; 23 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Marvin, Elwood, Joe and Frank; grandson Eric Thompson; daughter-in-law Rita, and sister June Bahr.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Armentrout Funeral Home, Waynesfield, with David Holbrook officiating. Burial followed in Roundhead Cemetery, Roundhead.

Contributions can be made to the Hardin County Hospice or the Roundhead Division of the USV Ambulance District.

Condolences may be expressed at www.armentroutfuneralhome.com.?