Larry Thompson



Larry P. Thompson died in Leawood, KS on May 11, 2011. He was born in Chanute, KS to Gus and Litha Thompson, who, along with his son Yale and his grandson Liam, preceded him in death. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Emerson College in Boston and his master’s degree from the University of Kansas. He is survived by his wife, Oksana, daughter, Tiffany, and grandson, Ocea.

Larry began his film and photography career at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center, making films related to research of special-needs children. He continued as an educational film producer and director at Boston University and did film projects with the Bureau of Child Research at the University of Kansas. In time, he returned to Parsons as Director of Media at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center and also founded Words & Pictures Corporation. Eventually, his interests in film, television, telecommunications, and advertising brought him  to Kansas City and the ownership of his own photography business, which included events photography. Throughout his life, Larry was recognized by numerous non-profit organizations for the donated photographic services that he provided.

Aside from work, Larry thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family. He, also, loved to play golf, travel, and sail. Animals, of which he had many, were another one of his passions.

A private memorial will be held to honor Larry’s life. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate written memories of Larry. For those so inclined, donations may be made to the Yale Thompson Memorial Scholarship at Berklee College of Music, 1140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115.





  1. glenn laxton on June 16, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Having just read about Larry I spent the dayremembering him, you and Arlyne at Emerson. He is someone is shall never forget.

  2. Virginia Crane on June 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Oksana and family–

    I think of you often, and as another school year is complete, I have time to send you my greeting. I like to remember Larry and a special kindness the year Oksana and I were preparing grades at Parsons High School. Oksana was my student teacher and good friend. In addition to grading final compositions, in those days, we had to record everything in paper gradebooks and do all the math for averaging the many grades in the grading period. The actual grade cards were prepared by hand or on a typewriter. It was always a time-consuming and tiring task the night before grades were due. As Oksana’s supervising teacher, I was invited to her home to help her with the grades. We set up in a quiet spot and got started. Soon I smelled popcorn, as Larry thought we needed a break and a snack. Next he brought us each a glass of wine, an unexpected pleasure at a stressful time. Every year at grade time, I think of Larry’s thoughtfulness. It showed me how much he valued Oksana’s efforts to be a good teacher.

  3. Sandy and Gene Reinhardt on June 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Dear Family Members of Larry Thompson,

    Larry was a classmate of mine in junior high school and high school. We all thought he was a wonderful guy and loved it when he played his saxophone in our assemblies. Once the audience all had a 7th hour because we wanted him to continue playing and kept clapping and shouting for more when it was time to go back to class. We all remember this well. He was very popular. Actually, when we were in the 9th grade, he was carnival king and I was carnival queen. That was a lot of fun as it was quite an honor to be chosen by the student body. I think I have a clipping somewhere with a picture, but have not seen it recently. You may have seen it.

    I do apologize for the tardiness of this greeting to you all. We were in Virginia for a few weeks and I am so far behind in things that happened while we were gone. You have been in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your great loss.

    Gene played basketball with Larry. He was two years older than Larry. In fact, he still plays three times a week with the junior college guys and other adults. Larry was thought of highly by everyone we know. I hope he realized that.

    Our deepest sympathy,

    Sandy and Gene Reinhardt

  4. Charles A. & Colleen S. Whitmer on May 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Oksana and family,

    So very sorry to learn of Larry Phil’s passing. You will recall our weddding in Omaha, Nebraska, 12-27-64. We were pleased and honored you and Larry Phil were a part of that celebration. We would like to know more about his death and if I may, will call you soon. You have our deepest sympathy. (816) 741-8607 Charles & Colleen Whitmer Parkville, Missouri

  5. Paul F. Anderson on May 16, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Larry Phil was my friend and classmate all the way from Kindergarten through High School. We were in the same neighborhood so to speak, so we played together as kids do. We were in Cub Scouts together, played on the same summer baseball team, and shared the floor in Intrumaral basketball. He was my friend all through school. For our class he was our leader. President of the class, student council leader, talented in Music and a friend to everyone. Thanks Larry Phil for all that you gave to us. My sympathy to his family.

  6. Russ Hilton on May 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    My thoughts go out to Larry’s wife and daughter and to his extended family.

    Since Larry was ahead of me at CHS, I did not know him well. Many years later when I was with GEO Churchill in Chanute I got to know Larry again when I had Words and Pictures work up an advertising campaign for our distributors througout the country. Larry and his staff came up with wonderful ideas, copy and printed material that garnered many positive comments.

    I so enjoyed spending some time with Larry on this advertising project and seeing his creative side. Larry was so nice to work with and just to be around. I remember that great smile that was always present. He will be missed.

    Russ Hilton, Lawrence

  7. Edsel E. Noland on May 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Dear Oksana,
    I do not think I have met you, but Larry Phil worked one summer for me at Consolidated Oil Well Services as a truck driver. I assigned him with a foreman named Pat Catterson, who is now deceased. You either worked hard for Pat or you didn’t stay in his crew. Larry made the test. He had a minor fender bender south of Ottawa at the foot of a big hill. Pat referred to it as the Thompson Hill. Larrys Uncle Tim & Aunt Chrystal were also my aunt and uncle but on the other side of the family. I am truly sorry for your loss. The last time I visited with Larry was at his dad’s funeral in Erie Cemetary.
    Edsel E. Noland
    Founder of Consolidated Oil Well Services
    Chanute KS

  8. Linda Higgins on May 14, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I graduated in 59 but knew Larry Phil.
    Although I didn’t see him after graduation he was thought of often. His cousin and my brother were close friends so heard of his journey through them. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Linda Cochran Higgins

  9. Joyce Katstra on May 12, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I was so sorry to hear about Larry. I remember when you and Larry came over the night Dick passed away, even though you were leaving on a family vacation the next morning. Your offer to do the photos for Dick’s memorial were so kind and were so appreciated. I know the grief you must be feeling now as I felt it so overwhelming when Dick passed away. I do know, however, that memories shared with friends and family were a tremendous help. Take care of yourself and hold Tiffany and Ocea close. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love, Joyce

  10. melinda halsey on May 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Ocsana and tiffany- so sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of larry- even from so long ago! I loved your family and have have thought of you all often over the years.

    Love and peace to you all,

  11. Kristen Williams on May 11, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Tiffany and Ocea,
    Sending you both big hugs today. Your Dad and Grandfather certainly led a full life and the joy he found from being with you both was apparent. I know you both will always have some wonderful memories of the time you spent together. Let me know if there is anything we can do to help.

  12. Susan Cannon on May 11, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Tiffany, I send strength and peace to you and our family right now. As you know I only just met your father at Ocea’s birthday party, but I found him to be an intriguing, kind and lovely human being. It was my pleasure to get to chat with him and wonderful to see him so involved in yours and Ocea’s activities. My condolences and love.

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