Frederick Leroy "Buck" Thompson, 92, passed away on June 23, 2014 of age related causes.
He was born March 29, 1922 in Logan, Utah to Frederick and Karen (Erickson) Thompson. He grew up in Southern California.
On May 23, 1942 in Las Vegas, he and Frances "Betty" Hasara were married. After 62 years of marriage, Betty passed away in 2013.
Buck served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1945. The couple moved to Oregon in 1946, settling in Curtin. Buck built his family home with his father-in-law, George. Buck and his father had a sawmill in Anlauf, Oregon. He worked in construction, working on the Green Peter Dam. He worked for Weyerhaeuser for many years, eventually leaving and going to work for his brother-in-law, Tom Lindbloom, as a mechanic in Roseburg until his retirement.
Buck loved auto racing. In 1984, he bought his only grandson, Jeff, his first sprint car. The family has many great family memories of racing. He loved to go to Riverside Speedway with his family, where he was known by many. He was a huge fan of Kasey Kahne. On the weekends, he would be in his recliner watching NASCAR, eating candy and drinking Pepsi.
Buck lived at Magnolia Gardens in Cottage Grove for many years.
Buck is survived by two sons, Tom (Diedra) of Sisters and Jerry (Pat), three daughters, Tracey (Pete), Kerri (Ken) and Melinda (Craig), all of Cottage Grove, seven grandkids, eight great grandkids and two sisters, Sonja Lindbloom and Toni Swan, both of Cottage Grove.
A celebration of life will be held Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 from noon to 3 p.m. at Coiner Park on Main Street in Cottage Grove. Friends and family are invited to share laughs, stories and memories of Buck.
Arrangements under the care of Andreason's, Springfield.