Walorski Surprises Nappanee Mayor Larry Thompson with Congressional Record

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Nappanee, Ind. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today surprised retiring Nappanee Mayor Larry Thompson with a Congressional Record to honor him for his 20 years of service as mayor and lifelong commitment to his community. The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress, published by the United States Government Printing Office and issued when Congress is in session.

“For 20 years, Mayor Thompson has been instrumental to improving the quality of life in Nappanee. His leadership, passion, and dedication has been nothing short of remarkable and was unmistakable during the aftermath of a devastating tornado in 2007, when he united community leaders to rebuild areas of Nappanee that had been destroyed or damaged. He’s also been instrumental to spearheading economic development projects throughout Nappanee to attract new businesses and create jobs. He will be greatly missed.”

Prior to his election, Thompson worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), a firefighter, and served as a member of the Nappanee Park Board and the Wa-Nee Community Schools Board of Education. In addition to serving as mayor, he, along with his wife Linda and their two children, run Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home which provides funeral services to the Nappanee community.

Click here to view the Walorski’s Congressional Record for Mayor Thompson.

Full text of the Congressional Record is below:

IN RECOGNITION OF NAPPANEE MAYOR LARRY THOMPSON

HON. JACKIE WALORSKI of Indiana in the House Of Representatives

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mrs. WALORSKI. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the honorable

public service of Larry Thompson as he retires as Mayor of Nappanee,

Indiana. As a five-term mayor, Mayor Thompson continues to represent

the American spirit and his contributions are truly deserving of this

body’s recognition.

A devoted husband and proud father, Mayor Thompson has dedicated his

life to serving his community. He and his wife Linda grew up in the

Nappanee area and are both graduates of Northwood High School. He

worked part-time in the funeral home business during high school and

graduated from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1973. His

dedication to public service was obvious early in his life, when he

began serving as one of Nappanee’s first Emergency Medical Technicians

in 1973. Ten years later, he and his wife purchased what is now the

Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home and he began serving as a local

firefighter. Today, he and his family continue to run and operate their

funeral home business, where they provide funeral services to the

entire community. Mayor Thompson became involved in government affairs

when he was appointed to serve on the Nappanee Park Board and ran in

his first election, a successful bid for the Wa-Nee Community Schools

Board of Education.

After several years of serving in those capacities, the mayor’s

position became open. Prodded to run, he ran against an opponent for

the only time in his career. Every election since, Mayor Thompson has

run unopposed.

Since 1995, Mayor Thompson has been instrumental in improving the

structure and services of Nappanee. His support to create community

development, economic expansion, and job growth, made Nappanee one of

the most vibrant communities in Indiana.

Mayor Thompson’s tireless work to improve the community is nothing

short of remarkable. His collaboration with local and regional partners

to lobby for specific projects and funding for the city brought

businesses like Martin’s Super Market and Miller’s Assisted Living to

Nappanee. Mayor Thompson also helped establish the Boys and Girls Club

of Nappanee and develop the East Side/Airport Industrial Park.

While Mayor Thompson should be commended for his business savvy, his

training as a first responder proved helpful when an F-3 tornado struck

Nappanee in 2007. During the aftermath, Thompson led a coalition of

community leaders to help rebuild areas of Nappanee that had been

destroyed or damaged.

The care and compassion the mayor had for his friends, neighbors and

relatives who suffered loss and experienced trauma was abundantly

clear. His business sense, integrity, and passion to restore people’s

lives were driving forces behind the recovery process for the town.

Mr. Speaker, once again, please join me in congratulating Mayor Larry

Thompson on his retirement. It is my hope that my colleagues will join

me in thanking him for his leadership and service to the City of

Nappanee.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee, and House Committee on Agriculture.

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