Robert C. (Hardrock) Thompson

Robert Clyde “Hardrock” Thompson, lifelong Picher , Oklahoma resident passed away Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at Osborne Care and Rehab Center in Miami, Oklahoma. He was 85.
Mr. Thompson was born November 5, 1925 in Picher, Oklahoma to Odessa “Doc” and Laura Ellen (Wood) Thompson. He graduated from Picher High School in 1944, then he attended N.E.O. A&M College where he was a hard hitting linebacker for the N.E.O. Golden Norse Football Team, where he acquired the nickname “Hardrock”. He also played football for Pitt State.
Bob spent 2 terms of duty with the United States Army, serving in Phillipines and Korea. On September 21, 1946, he married the love of his life Peggy Nadine Harryman in Columbus, Kansas. They lived in Picher for 53 years, where they raised their 3 children.
He was a Principal, Coach and School Teacher in Picher – Cardin School System for many years. He coached Football, basketball and track for many years. The New Fieldhouse at Picher High School was named after Mr. Thompson and was a pride for him. He was an avid golfer who prided himself for walking all 18 holes until he was 84 years old, at least twice a week.
But the most important decision he made was accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He loved his grandkids and great grandkids and loved going to every sporting event that they were in. He loved the town of Picher and the People in it.
He was preceded in death by one son Daniel Lee Thompson and one daughter Tamara Kay Smith, one brother Armine Thompson, 3 sisters Beulah Perry, Ione Coble and Lavita Stone and his parents.
He is survived by his wife Peggy of 64 years of marriage, one son Rick Thompson and wife Marilyn of Miami, Oklahoma 3 Grandchildren DaAnn and husband Robert Morris of Carl Junction, Missouri and their 3 children Joseph, Zachary and Isaac. Chad Thompson and wife Sarah of Tulsa, Oklahoma and son Eli. Danielle Cox of Joplin, Missouri, and son Bobby. 2 sisters Wanda Armstrong of Miami ,OK and Betty Lovelace and husband Delbert of Welch, OK.
Funeral Services will be Monday, January 3, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Miami, Oklahoma. Rev. David Jackson will officiate. Interment will be in G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami, Oklahoma. Pallbearers will be Steven Coble, Russell Coble, David Harryman, Kyle Armstrong, Bucky Barnes and Joel Barnes. Military Rites will be conducted by American Legion Post No. 147 Funeral Detail. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami, Oklahoma. Services are under the direction of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami, Oklahoma. Online condolences may be made at