Rick Earl Thompson, 58, of Machesney Park, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, July 15, 2021. He was born on August 11, 1962 in Rockford to Carl and Janet Thompson. Rick was an avid car enthusiast. His most favorite being the 1970 Chevelle, 1969 Camaro, and his recent purchase of the 1937 Ford, 5 Window Coupe. Rick was an asset to the Chrysler plant in Belvidere for 26 years. His hobby and career didn't stop there. Rick opened his own mechanic shop, Guaranteed Auto Repair. Rick and his beloved wife, Vickie have been running the shop since 2013. Rick and Vickie love and appreciate the dedicated, hard working employees that keep the shop running behind those giant garage doors. Keith, Colton, Adam, and Chris. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the business. We appreciate you. Rick and Vickie enjoyed spending time with their special friends Bill and Jody Spires and Jandi and Mike Jenkins. They all loved going out to eat together, and attending car shows and cruise nights. Rick was a one of a kind man. He certainly brought joy and laughter to any situation. Quite the jokester he was! Everyone knew him for that. Any establishment he frequented, they knew Rick Thompson was there to make them laugh and smile. Rick was always there when you needed him, no matter how busy he was. Rick was looking forward to the new title of Great Grandpa later this year. A great man he was. A great husband, son, dad, brother, grandpa, "peca," and uncle he will be remembered as. He will be truly missed by everyone.
Survivors include his wife, Vickie Thompson; daughter, Lisa (Bryce) Summers; granddaughters, Juliana (Nicolas) Seitz and Alyssa Summers; grandson, Austyn Summers; mother, Janet Schelling; mother-in-law, Helen Barney; aunt, Barb Johnson; brothers, Mike Thompson and Clark Thompson; sister, Corey (Jimmy) Dehn; along with many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his father, Carl Thompson; brother, Charlie Thompson and uncle, Ed Johnson.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Honquest Family Funeral Homes with Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 4311 N. Mulford Rd., Loves Park, IL 61111. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 22, 2021 in the funeral home with Pastor Anthony Maynard officiating with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
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