Deane Thompson – Jewish Light of St. Louis


Deane Thompson passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 30, 2021. Deane was an honorable man of great character, loved by his family and friends. He met strangers and friends with a smile. He was born March 16, 1940 and raised on the family farm in Tyner, Indiana. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from Purdue University in 1963, he worked for Allis Chalmers as a Design Engineer. He married Diana Snoke in 1965. They returned to Purdue in 1968 where Deane obtained a Masters in Industrial Administration. They moved to St. Louis where Deane worked for Touche Ross and Company as a consultant in the management division. A daughter, Suzanne, was born in 1974. In 1977, Deane left Touche Ross for the Kellwood Company where he rose through the ranks to become a financial analyst in the treasury department.

After her divorce in 1980, Deane married Fancine Stone on July 5, 1987. Deane and Fanci enjoyed traveling to Europe and Israel, were patrons of the arts, and enjoyed spending time with family, friends and neighbors. Marrying Fanci enriched his life through growing his faith as he learned his Judaism and worshiped with her at the United Hebrew Congregation of Creve Coeur. Fanci also joined Deane at his church, worship, and activities.

Deane grew up in the Christian faith learning stories from the Bible. As he grew in his faith, he learned that God created us to be generous. He believed that when we give, God gives us the resources to continue on this path. Good causes were part of his joys. After his retirement in 2005, Deane wanted to expand his knowledge and learn more about God. He joined United Methodist Bible Studies and audited Bible studies classes at Eden Theological Seminary. He served the church as a host and found joy in meeting and greeting new people in the church. He has also served in several leadership positions at Kirkwood Methodist Church: ten years as an annual conference representative and three years on the United Methodist Church of Missouri’s central district committee on ordained ministry.

Deane loved to sing from a young age. He had his mother discover the perfect “God given” pitch at the age of six. He sang in church choirs from the seventh grade until 2017. He was the tenor section chief at First Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood for over 20 years starting in 1979. At 37, he took voice lessons and auditioned for the choir of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. After two years in the choir, he joined the St. Louis Chamber Chorus where he sang tenor for 24 years. When Deane retired from the Chamber Chorus, he served on the board of directors for several years.

Deane will be remembered for his infectious smile, his love of tractors and cars, and his loving care for Fanci and her family. He is survived by Fanci; her daughter Suzanne, her husband Kevin and their three children, Connor, Zachary and Sydney; Fanci’s sons: Darryl and his wife Jennifer and their children Jonah and Linnea; Randy and his daughter Danielle; Cory and his girlfriend Diane; and her sister Karen, her husband Don and her family. His brother David predeceased him, but David’s wife Janet and her family survive him.

Services will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 11e at The Gathering Church in Webster Groves, 921 Edgar Road. Interment follows at United Hebrew Cemetery. Visit www.bergermemorialchapel.com for more information. In lieu of gifts, please donate to the ALS Association at www.als.org.

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