Richard H. Thompson, 69
Buffalo Center, Iowa Richard H. Thompson, age 69 of Buffalo Center, Iowa, formerly of Rake, Iowa, passed away Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, in Buffalo Center.
A Celebration of Life was held Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, at Zion Lutheran Church, in Rake. Pastor J. Douglas Rokke officiated.
Inurnment will take place at West Cemetery, Rake, at a later date.
Richard was born on July 25, 1947 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Mankato, to Herman and Lucille Thompson. Richard was baptized at the hospital and confirmed at Liberty Lutheran Church in Rake. He graduated from Rake High School in 1965 and Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, Iowa in 1968. Richard worked for the Farmer’s Cooperative Elevator in Rake for nearly 40 years before retiring in 2008.
Richard will be remembered for his commitment to his church, his community and his family. His playful sense of humor and kind-hearted nature touched the lives of many including the numerous kids he mentored through church. Richard faithfully walked every day. He logged all of his walking miles and he would cheerfully tell others he was on his “third lap around the moon.”
Richard is survived by his wife, Michele, of Buffalo Center; daughters Kendra Grunig (finance Craig Leska), of Rosemount, Rebecca (Shane) Gelhaus, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Christine (Andy) Nessler, of Mankato; grandchildren, Brandon, Drake, Max, Kenley, Liam and Margo; sisters, Karen Asmus, of Blue Earth, and Betty Nicholson, of Arvada, Colorado; brother-in-law, Jerry Siebenmorgan, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; and many great friends.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Lucille; parents-in-law, Aleta and William Rasche and Marvin and Francis Larson; his sister, Barbara Siebenmorgan; his brothers-in-law, Howard Asmus, Howard Nicholson and Mike Larson; and his sisters-in-law and spouses, Patricia and Walt Hopf, Nancy and John Roberts; and sister-in-law, Leslie Theobold.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the East/West Cemeteries and Zion Lutheran Church in Rake.
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