Keith Adam Thompson, age 49, passed away on January 6, 2024, at Nancy’s Place in Billings MT.
Keith was born on July 26, 1974, in Fort Wayne, Indiana to John and Ina Thompson. He was born with down syndrome and the doctor told his parents that he would never walk, he would never talk, and that he would never be more than a vegetable, that they should put him in an institution and forget that they ever had him. Instead, they took Keith home with them and treated him like his older brother, whom Keith tried everything he saw his brother doing.
Keith’s education began at Rawlins, Wyoming in Head Start. Following that period, he went to Special Education in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he continued to grow and learn. He went to Special Ed in Latrobe, PA. From there his next learning was at Hysham, Montana with Sherrie Nevill. Sherrie had the privilege of completing his learning how to tie his shoes. She also taught him how to swim (which he learned the five different strokes) skiing, to ride a bike, to cook, to run. Keith was allowed to “walk” with the class of ’92. He felt that the classmates were special friends. He was given his diploma in a special ceremony in 1996.
Keith took part in the Special Olympics and was taken to the Special Olympics 1995 World Games, held in New Haven, CO. He took part in the swimming competition.
Keith has lived the past year and a half at Nancy’s Place in Billings, where he is well loved and gives the best hugs. One manager called him a very special man!
He always enjoyed learning about the Bible and going to Sunday School classes and would be most glad to introduce you to his friend Jesus.
He took two classes from Yellowstone Baptist College and was pleased with himself for having taken those classes.
Keith is preceded in death by both sets of Grandparents, and his father John Thompson. Keith is survived by his mother, Ina Haines and dad, George Haines; four brothers Lyle (Judy) Lane of Shoshone, ID, Ronald (Cathy) Lane of Kent WA, James (Deb) Lane of Billings MT, Edward (Kris) Thompson of Williston ND; one favorite sister Susan(Mike) Long, Stepsister Vickie (Dennis) Kraus.