Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

John L. Thompson

John L. Thompson, age 63, of Shelby died suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, May 15, 2020.

Mourning his loss are his wife: Kit Hinrichs; daughter: Jolene (Josh) Vance and her two children Caleb and Alicia; his two brothers: Jim (Diana) Thompson and Dick (Debbie) Thompson; and his niece and nephews Diana, Bill, and Jim; his brother and sister-in-law: David (Nancy) Hinrichs; and his cousins: Bato Harris, Jackie (Denny) Nelson, Kathy Niswander. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peggy and James Thompson, and his cousin, Joe Harris.

John made friends easily and was loyal to a fault. You will remember him from Kato’s Bot’l House, Jackson’s Drilling, Schonauer Motors, Trimble Road Auto Sales, Hall’s Auto Sales, Quanex, and Flexy. He was a skilled mechanic and welder. His friends from the VFW, Eagles and the Finish Line are also deeply saddened and shocked by his loss. John had so many friends and touched so many lives it is not possible to list you all. Know that he truly loved and cherished each and everyone of you.

There will be no services. Care for John and his family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy may be done by leaving an online condolence at or by leaving a comment on John’s obituary on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Jolene Vance says:

    i love and miss you so much

  2. Darcy strohl says:

    My heart is breaking for you and the kids! I’m here if you need anything even to sit and cry.

  3. Paul and Manya Southey says:

    We are so sorry for your loss Kit..We are keeping you and the family in our prayers. Paul still can’t believe his Johnny is gone. We love you.

  4. Jenny and Michelle Thompson says:

    Forgiving Hearts We Shared
    Those Memories Will Always
    Be There………….2017-2020

    God Bless Your Soul and
    May You Rest in Peace
    No More Feelings of
    Pain or Regrets

    Sincere Sympathy,
    “Always on My Mind”

  5. Cheryle Harris says:

    Rip Thompson

  6. Melissa dillard says:

    Sad.. Pray !!

  7. Rod & Sue Eddleblute says:

    What a loss. We are so sorry for the loss of such a good man. Our thoughts & prayers with you all.

  8. Kathleen Mosier says:

    My heart hurts for your family. Ron and I loved him very much. Anything you need please let us know. He will be missed immensely.

  9. Ryan Rickey says:

    Sending my love to your family. I will never forget you and Thank you for always being so good to me. I remember as a little girl always going to kato you always gave me one pop and candy bar. You will be truly missed by many.

  10. Tim and Wanda Cantrell says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. As stated John was a good friend and always welcomed to be around. He was great with two of our grandchildren, Silas and Mya, who also will miss seeing him when he was over. Always a good conversation with lots of laughs and smiles. You will be greatly missed John.

  11. Alicia archer says:

    I love and miss you so much. you were not only the best father to my mom, but also the best grandfather to me. i remember going on road trips with you to Kentucky , you were always there with me to help me feel not homesick… I remember when I would come to shagalees with my mom to come see you and you would always get me a pop, and I remember dancing with you to karaoke music just laughing having a good time with my grandpa . I had never see you dance before like that haha . i also remember coming and staying the night with you when I was little , and we would play card games and you would let me drive your lawnmower lol . not to mention I thought you were a pretty good cook! I miss you everyday and think about you everyday . I just wish I could’ve saw you one more time . I love you lots – love Alicia ❤️

  12. Tammy Boyd says:

    John aka tater I loved you so much you always made me laugh. The vfw and dream team won’t be the same. To John’s wife and family, my deepest condolences, I’m so so sorry for your loss.

  13. Gene Brady says:

    Ur gonna be missed by many.i remember staying at ur house with Jolene on the weekends when we were little and u always cooked us spaghetti.jolene and I use to run that go cart all over the backyard

  14. Gene Brady says:

    You will be missed by many .i remember coming and staying at ur house with Jolene on the weekends and you always cooked us homemade spaghetti and we use to run that go cart all over the back yard

  15. Susie harris starostka says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Johnny’s passing.Kit, my prayers and sympathy are with you and Johnny’s family. God Bless. Love Johnny’s cousin, susie harris starostka

  16. Steve Baker says:

    I sure am gonna miss ya buddy . Till we meet again my friend . Prayers for all

  17. Carrie Pyatt says:

    Kit – I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to ask.

  18. Ralph Bishop says:

    Kit – I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  19. Brenda Rushing says:

    I am so deeply sorry for the loss of John. He was a wonderful Dad and Grandfather to 3 of my favorite people in the world. He will be missed beyond measure.

  20. Jim Thompson says:

    We didn’t get to see enough of each other but when we did it was always a great time. You are definitely one of kind. I’ll miss you. We’ll have time in the future tho.

  21. Jason A. (Thompson)Gallion says:

    My heart goes out to your family and loved one’s. When I say that I’m being sincere. Truly I am sorry. I wish I had a chance to sit down with you somewhere besides a bar and figure out who you really was. I’ve felt lost and confused my entire life not knowing who I am. I always wondered what life would have been like if you were in it. I guess I’ll never know.
    R. I. P. Your biological son Jason.

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