Ray W. Thompson, 83, of Portsmouth, died peacefully, Friday, March 25, 2011, at his home. Born October 17, 1927 in Portsmouth, he was a son of the late Robert and Bertha Tolle Thompson, a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of Christ’s Community Church. Ray was a graduate of Cedarville College, retired Chief of Police with 30 years of service, was a former Public Utilities Director and City Manager. For the past ten years, he served as a member of the Portsmouth Board of Education and Scioto County Career Technical Center. Surviving are his wife, Marjorie Masters Thompson, four sons, Monty Ray Thompson of Aspen, CO, Steve (Cindy) Rowland of Lexington, KY, David (Lisa) Rowland of Houston, TX and Ian Rowland at home; three daughters, Diane Thompson Chamberlin and Shannon Thompson Coriell, both of Sciotoville and Susan (Pat) Ward of Columbus; eight grandchildren, Stacey (Peter) Formanko, Ryan (Kim) Chamberlin, Craig Chamberlin, Wendi Rae Perry, John David Lane, Samantha Barnhart, Lucas Rowland and Sydni Rowland; and three great-grandchildren, Raelen Perry, Reece Chamberlin and Parker Chamberlin . Also preceding him in death was a daughter, Sally Rowland Frank. A Celebration of Life will be 7:00 p.m. on Monday at Christ’s Community Church with Rick Clark officiating. Interment will be 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday in Greenlawn Cemetery with military honors by the James Dickey Post of the American Legion. The family will receive friends at Christ’s Community Church from 1-7 p.m. on Monday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ray W. Thompson Memorial Fund at American Savings Bank. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brant Funeral Service in Portsmouth.