The Norman Transcript

Obituaries

October 31, 2013

Edwin Arthur Thompson

(Continued)

NORMAN —

Following his service in Japan, his next foreign post was in Korea during that conflict. He had many stories of his time there, both during the conflict and in the time immediately after the end of hostilities when he served on the edge of the DMZ, where he could look over into North Korea. It was during this time that he became interested in photography and took and developed many pictures of the troops, the people and the landscape of the area where he served. He returned to the United States and served at various Army posts. As the Vietnam conflict began, he was sent into action again, serving three tours of duty there.

All the time he was advancing in rank, culminating in his promotion to the highest possible enlisted rank of sergeant major. After the end of his Vietnam service, he was stationed in Germany, where he finished his military carrier in 1975. He had found a second home in Germany because he had met the love of his life, Gerlinde Miess. They were married there, and he entered civilian life and worked at a financial services agency as a manager.

Over time, Ed and Gerlinde decided that they would like to relocate to Ed’s home state of Oklahoma, and they purchased a home in Norman. Here, Ed attended classes at the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a second college degree; Gerlinde also attended, earning a master’s degree in German, and then was accepted as part of the teaching faculty at OU. Ed continued to advance his education and studied for and received his license as a real estate agent, which he used over a number of years.

Ed and Gerlinde’s home was a great source of pride, and while their health allowed, they were avid gardeners with flowers, fruit trees and vegetables covering their yard. They traveled back to Germany to visit family often, and when their relatives would come here to visit, they seemed to particularly enjoy driving them around the western United States. Ed had made many acquaintances around the world in his military travels and he had found family members from as far away as England, and all of these he loved to correspond with over the years.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Obituaries
  • Charles D. Hale

    Charles D. Hale, 80, of Norman, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014, at his home, due to complications from a stroke. He was the seventh of nine children born Jan. 13, 1934, to Tom and Annie Hale in Boswell. Charles was a member of the ...

    July 24, 2014

  • James K. West

    James K. West, 70, of Tulsa, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014. Jim was born Aug, 17, 1943, in Sentinel. He was a former resident and businessman in Norman....

    July 24, 2014

  • Jafar Farzaneh

    Jafar Farzaneh, an 80 year-old Norman resident, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014. Mr. Farzaneh was born Oct. 3, 1934, in Tehran, Iran, where he grew up working in his father’s textile factory. Mr. Farzaneh was the eldest of his siblings ...

    July 24, 2014

  • James K. West

    James K. West, 70, of Tulsa, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014. Jim was born Aug, 17, 1943, in Sentinel. He was a former resident and businessman in Norman....

    July 23, 2014

  • Dr. Tibor József Herczeg

    “The ancient order opens to readmit me. I lean out on the windy stars.” — János Pilinszky. Apocrypha Dr. Tibor József Herczeg, 87, emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Oklahoma, died Monday, July 7, 2014....

    July 22, 2014

  • Elbert Don Idlett

    Elbert Don Idlett died Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Noble at the age of 60 years, 4 months and 14 days....

    July 22, 2014

  • Johnny Allen Cossey

    Johnny Allen Cossey, 55, of Noble, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. A memorial service to honor Johnny’s life will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Noble Assembly of God Church, 100 W. ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Steven Matthew Sparks

    Steven Matthew ‘Matt’ Sparks, 34, beloved son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend, passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014. Matt was born Feb. 7, 1980, in Elk City. After living abroad in several countries during his childhood due to his ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Donald Leon Conn

    Donald Leon Conn was born March 12, 1937, in Lexington to Harvey and Wilma (May) Conn. He passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at his home in Noble....

    July 18, 2014

  • Thomas Joseph ‘T.J.’ Cotrone

    Thomas Joseph “T.J.” Cotrone, 36, of Norman, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014. He was born Nov. 21, 1977, in Queens, N.Y., to Thomas Joseph Cotrone Sr. and Deborah Lynn Carlisle....

    July 18, 2014