Gerald L. Thompson

Gerald L. Thompson

September 28, 1937 – March 26, 2021

Gerald L. Thompson, born on September 28, 1937, went home to God on March 26, 2021.  Jerry was born and raised in Crofton, Nebraska on the family farm.  He was the fourth and youngest child of Amos and Rose Thompson.  Jerry enjoyed working on the farm, especially teasing the cats while milking the cows.  He enjoyed his time spent with family and friends.

Mischief came easy to Jerry, but so did problem-solving.  Even though he often found himself in hairy situations, he always figured out a solid solution.  He loved working on mathematical equations; especially when it required him to figure out the precise cubic inches in a 20- yard dumpster (even though Helen kept yelling, “Just throw it in!”).  Jerry’s love for problem solving served him well.  After graduating from Crofton High School in 1955, Jerry joined the Army, majoring in Morse Code.  He was also a decorated marksman sharpshooter and spent the majority of his time stationed in Hawaii.  Following his discharge from the Army, Jerry held many careers prior to becoming an auditor for the US Government.

Prior to fully engrossing himself into his work, Jerry met the love of his life, Helen, in Sioux City.  It may have taken Jerry a time or two, but eventually he was able to sweep her off her feet.  They tied the knot on October 30, 1965.  In 1966, Jerry and Helen welcomed their first baby boy, David.  Jimmy followed a couple of years later in 1968.  Richard was born in 1973 and shortly after the family moved to Omaha.  Once settled in Omaha, Christopher was born in 1976 and Mariann completed the family in 1984.

Jerry had a distinguished career with the Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of Inspector General.  One of his noteworthy accomplishments was auditing a major health organization and recovering $900 million dollars.  Jerry was able to retire in 2011.

After retiring Jerry enjoyed many family vacations and various house projects, but most of all spending time with his family.  Jerry was a friend to all; he was rooted in his faith and loved his family above anything else.  During his final hours, Jerry was surrounded by his family and passed peacefully.  


Jerry was preceded in death by his son, Jimmy.  Jerry is celebrated and survived by his wife, Helen Thompson; children: David (Theresa) Thompson, Richard (Alisha) Thompson, Christopher (Emily) Thompson, and Mariann (Tyler) Bakk; seventeen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  

The Family will receive friends observing CDC guidelines: Monday, March 29th, 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, March 30th, 10:30am, St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 5801 Oak Hills Drive.  Interment: Resurrection Cemetery with Military Honors by American Legion Post #1.  Memorials will be directed by the family.

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  • Jim Korn Posted March 29, 2021 6:06 pm

    I worked with Jerry for many years at HHS-OIG. He was extremely dedicated to his profession and was a true gentleman. He treated all with compassion and dignity. I have many fond memories of Jerry. and am very saddened to hear of his passing. May his memory always be for a blessing.

  • Christopher Riley Posted March 30, 2021 10:47 am

    It was my great privilege and honor to have worked with Jerry, and learned from him, during the last 5 years of his Federal service. It was an even greater privilege and honor to be able to call him my friend. He cared so deeply about his work, his family, his friends, and his faith. My family and I send our deepest condolences to Helen and the rest of Jerry’s family.

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