House mourns death of World War II vet
The Illinois House of Representatives adopted a resolution regarding the death of a World War II veteran who passed away in October.
"The members of the Illinois House of Representatives are saddened to learn of the death of Donald Leroy 'Don' Thompson of Montgomery, who passed away on October 26, 2018," House Resolution 1309, passed on Nov. 29, reads.
Thompson was a commander in the U.S. Navy and after serving during World War II, he worked at Lyon Metal Products for 36 years, according to the resolution.
Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit (D-Aurora), who introduced the resolution, noted, "He was a person who was reliable, always ready with a smile and all around part of the embodiment of the World War II generation. I want to memorialize him and offer our condolences to his family.
"We are losing our World War II vets every day," Kifowit said. "Their history and legacy is phenomenal."
Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-North Aurora) applauded Kifowit for bringing forth the resolution.
"Don Thompson was a great individual," Wheeler said. "He was a smile every time you saw him. He was an advocate for veterans. I'm grateful to have known him."
House members shared a moment of silence for Thompson and other World War II veterans.