Legendary Fremont coach dies of a heart attack

The Fremont High School community is mourning the loss of a Hall of Fame coach.   Former Fremont Track and Cross Country coach Richard Thompkins died Tuesday of a heart attack at the age of 69.

Thompkins coached both boys and girls teams during his 28 years at Fremont.  His teams won 55 conference championships and six state titles.

He was the Executive Director of the Michigan High School Coaches Association, and also was inducted into the Muskegon Coaches Hall of Fame, Michigan Coaches Hall of Fame, National High School Coaches Hall of Fame, High School Fremont Athletic Club and the Michigan State University Varsity Club.

The funeral service will be at the Hart United Methodist Church in Hart Monday July 27 at 11am.  Visitation will be Sunday July 26 at King Funeral Home in Hart and an hour before the funeral service Monday at the church.

The King funeral home says that the family requests any memorials be directed to Hart United Methodist Church, 308 South State Street, Hart, MI 49420, or Oceana County Community Foundation Richard and Carole Tompkins Scholarship Fund, or Newaygo County Community Foundation Richard and Carole Tompkins Scholarship Fund.