Karen E. Thompson, 67

Karen E. Thompson, 67, of Wabash, died at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at her home. 

She was born Feb. 16, 1948, in Wabash, to Russell and Lodema (Speicher) Kirby.

Karen was a 1966 graduate of Southwood High School, and a graduate of Manchester College.  She married Ballard

Thompson in Wabash on May 18, 1968.  She was a telephone operator for General Telephone in Wabash for 17 years. 

Karen was a member of the Asbury Country Church. She enjoyed drawing, window shopping, and visiting with people.

She is survived by her husband, Ballard Thompson of Wabash; two daughters, Angela M. (Daniel) Fleshood of Kokomo, and

Tricia L. Shidler of Wabash; six grandchildren, Tabetha E. Tyler, Taylor M. Shidler, and Jason Shidler, all of Wabash, Daniel

Fleshood Jr., Serenity Fleshood, and Jozilynn Fleshood, all of Kokomo; a great-grandson, Demerries Dunson of Wabash; two sisters, Colleen (Gregg) Gatzimos-Reed of Wabash, and Coral Kirby of Indianapolis, and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Asbury Country Church with Pastor Mike Bullick. As per Karen's request, she will be cremated. 

Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.

Preferred memorial is Asbury Country Church.

The memorial guest book for Karen may be signed at


Posted on 2015 Sep 09