Our Lord called Chris Thomson to his eternal home on Jan. 8, 2021, after fighting infection due to COVID-pneu­monia.

Chris was born on the family farm Jan. 3, 1938, to William Burness and Ethel May (Whitson) Thomson in Gunther Township, Mara­thon County, Wis.

He was married to Charlotte Ellen Thomas June 20, 1962, at First Methodist Church in Kenosha, Wis.

He was a longtime resident of Eagle River, Wis., settling there in 1967.

Chris was an Army veteran serving from 1955 to 1957.

He worked in the U.S. Forest Service and was skillful in auto painting, mechanics and carpentry, though he lived his life in service to others, instilling this value in his children, raising a nurse, doctor, firefighter and teacher to continue this legacy for generations to come. 

He was active in the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Eagle River, Boy Scouts, and supported his children in their 4-H projects, Little League and school functions.

He worked to make earth better by cleaning the roadsides in the Adopt a Highway program and was an early advocate of recycling.

He enjoyed staying home more than traveling and being outdoors more than indoors.

He taught his children and grandchildren to whittle, whistle and spit as well as to identify seasonal birds, and hug it out.

He embraced the value of family and family outings, especially for ice cream.

He was always a worthy opponent with his favorite games being Cribbage, Farkle and Spinner dominoes.

He studied and became a master gardener, was an expert in compost and blessed family, friends, and the food pantry with blooms and bountiful harvests.

When thanking people Chris would say, “Do something nice for yourself.”  

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Charlotte; four children, Marie (Thomas) Kirby of Rhinelander, Wis., Marcia (James) O’Brien of Rochester, Minn., Donald (Nicole) Thomson of Wasilla, Alaska, and Marilyn (Mike) LaPorte of Wausau, Wis.; eight grandchildren, Jessica (Justin) Scurte, Geoffrey O’Brien, Eric (Maggie) Kirby, Elizabeth (Garret) Kohel, Katie and Matthew LaPorte, and Aurora and Andrey Streltsov; four great-granddaughters, Elle, Brianna and Camryn Scurte and Lydia Kirby; sister, Mary Cowen; and loving friends and family.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister; and brothers, Ray, Jimmy, Claire, Lynn and Robert.

Services will be held at a later date.

Should friends or family desire, contributions can be made in honor of Chris to the Vilas Food Pantry, 1013 N. Railroad Street, Eagle River, WI 54521; First Congregational United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 1385, Eagle River, WI 54521; or the Boy Scouts of America Samoset Council (samoset.org).

Arrangements by Gaff­ney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River. Online condolences may be expressed at gaffney-busha.com.