Ray Thompson(4-22-1919 to 1-30-2004) and Mary Harris Thompson (3-9-1920 to 11-13- 2002). Ray married Mary Harris in 1941. Both were born and lived their lives in Kenton, OH where they raised their family.
Ray graduated from KHS; attended Ohio State on a football scholarship; served in the US Army in WWII and fought in the European Theater. After VE day, his unit was sent to the Pacific as part of the force scheduled to invade Japan.
Ray served the Kenton City government over five different decades. His public service started in 1954 when he was appointed as First Ward Councilman and then won 2 subsequent elections leaving office in 1959. He returned as Council President for 3 -two year terms beginning in 1964. In 1975, he was appointed as At-Large Councilman and was elected for 2 more terms. He was elected as Mayor for 2 terms from 1984 – 1991. During the 1960’s, his tenure included building a new water treatment plant and in the 1980’s a new fire station and municipal building. In 1975, Ray was instrumental in starting the Kenton Rescue Squad (now known as BKP) and was one of the first to take the 400 hour medical training course to provide help on emergency runs.
Ray worked as a jeweler and watch repairman at Kraus Jewelers and retired at Rockwell International in Kenton.
Ray was very active in Kenton and Hardin County politics plus many civic and charitable organizations including Masonic Temple, Elks, and VFW.
Mary, as a housewife, loved to sew, crochet/handcrafts, and bake. She prepared and delivered meals to elderly in their neighborhood and supported Ray in his various community duties and civic activities. She was employed and retired from the Kenton Times.
They were members of the Epworth Methodist Church. Their work in the Church and the community was important to both of them as they always tried to improve life in Kenton.
Ray and Mary had 3 children, Sharae T. Bell (born in 1943), Connie T. Fruehan(born in 1947), and Ray Jr (Sept 1956 to Oct 1979).
Ray is a direct lineal descendent of James A. Thompson, a Patriot of the American Revolution. From 1700, each of his male ancestors served in the US military. Ray and Mary’s daughters, Sharae T. Bell and Connie T. Fruehan are members of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
In 2018, the Alan and Connie (Thompson) Fruehan Endowment was established in memory of her parents to support Kenton and Hardin County civic organizations most meaningful to Ray and Mary in such amounts as the Foundation Trustees determine.