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Cody J. Thompson

June 20, 1989 ~ December 2, 2023 (age 34) 34 Years Old

Cody Thompson Obituary

Cody J. Thompson, age 34, of Belleville, IL, born on June 20, 1989, in Belleville, IL, died on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL.

Cody was a graduate of Belleville West High School and worked as a stagehand and rigger for IATSE Local 6 Stagehands in St. Louis, MO. On his days off from Stagehands, Cody worked as a laborer with Wiegand Hauling in Belleville, IL.

Cody truly took pride in his work as he himself was a music lover of several genres. He loved attending concerts whether he was working behind the scenes in the rafters or simply enjoying the show in the crowd with his friends or even with his little sister, Kylie. Often, his family joked about how he was born 30 years too late as his favorite artists/bands included the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, the Doobie Brothers, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Warren Haynes, Bob Weir, Sturgill Simpson, and Tom Petty.

Cody’s hobbies included bike riding and he loved to do so with his closest friends, Craig, Mike, and Davey. He knew and crossed many trails whether it was a 40 mile ride or even completing a weekend warrior ride down the Katy Trail. Cody was also a collector of many things, one in particular was Pokemon Cards. This love and passion was shared between him and his baby sister, Vannah.

During his time here, it was no secret how much he loved his family. He never shied away from expressing his love either. Cody was the person who would give random gifts to his momma and sisters “just because”. His heart was so big that even in his death, he gave the gift of life to those in need. The day he passed, he saved many lives through organ and tissue donation.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Misty Starr Chaney; his great grandfather, Michael Astuto; his grandmother, Paula “Dolly” Astuto; his grandparents, Raymond and Doris Megl; his aunt, Maryann Miller; many other aunts and uncles; and his best friend, Shadow.

Cody is survived by his mother, Angela Pennington; his father, James M. (Margi) Pennington, Jr.; his siblings, James “Jimmy” M. Pennington, III, Mason Megl, Kylie Pennington, and Savannah “Vannah” Pennington; his grandparents, Maryann (Ed) Dunn; his grandmother, Rosie Barrick; his uncle Michael (Ashley) Graber; his nephew and Godson, Xander Pennington; nieces and nephews, Gage, Lylian, Christopher Jr., Tahlia, Jaxson, and Kynsley Chaney, and Emma and Isaiah Pennington; his beloved fur-family, Remiel “Roo” and Castiel Pax; and many other aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

Memorials may be made to Belleville Humane Society or Stray Rescue St. Louis.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 8, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd., Fairview Heights, IL.

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd., Fairview Heights, IL. Cremation will follow services.

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December 8, 2023

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Kassly Mortuary, Ltd (Fairvew Heights)

Funeral Service
December 9, 2023

11:00 AM
Kassly Mortuary Chapel Fairview Heights IL


Belleville Area Humane Society
Belleville IL

Stray Rescue of St. Louis, MO


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