Robert H. Thompson

  • Born: September 1, 1938
  • Died: February 4, 2018
  • Location: Afton, Iowa

Powers Funeral Home

601 New York Ave
PO Box 431
Creston, IA 50801
Tel. (641) 782-7036

Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert H. Thompson, 79, of Afton, died Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Greater Regional Hospice Home – HCI in Creston. Military services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, February 8, 2018 at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter, Iowa. Open visitation will be 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Powers Funeral Home 612 N. Dodge Avenue in Afton, with family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, with a sharing time at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Parkinson's Research. Online condolences can be made at

Robert Harvey Thompson, son of Thelma (Magill) Thompson and Kenneth Ivan Thompson, was born on Sept. 1, 1938 in Afton. Kenneth and Thelma later divorced, and Thelma married Leroy Parrott in Afton. He graduated from Afton High School in 1957. Robert began his service in the United States Army in 1957, serving early on in Iceland and South Korea.

On December 19, 1962, Robert married Loretta F. Richardson in Stover, Missouri. They first lived in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. They moved and served in Germany, moving back in 1967. They lived in Fort Benning, Georgia. Robert served two tours in Vietnam, then later in Fort Polk, Louisiana, Panama, and again in Georgia. In July 1979, he retired after 23 years, and they settled in Afton. Robert went on to work over 20 years at Fansteel/Wellman Dynamics, retiring again in 2001.

Robert was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, beginning in Afton, and later merging with Creston. He served on the V.F.W. Honor Guard, saluting local veterans

Survivors include his wife, Loretta Thompson of Afton; a daughter, Angela (Mark) Ruby of Greenfield; a son, Michael (Melissa) Thompson of Winterset; five grandchildren: Samantha (Shawn) Whitaker, Daniella (Andrew) Noland, Savannah (Matt Hydorn) Ruby, Sean and Genevieve Thompson; one great-grandson, Ryder Noland; 4 brothers, Kenneth (Hsiang) Thompson of Cameron, Mo., Dean (Cheryl) Dowden-Parrott of Claremore, Okla., Dwayne (Sharon) Parrott of Afton and Monte (Sherry) Parrott of Afton; two sisters, LeRayn Byers of West Des Moines and Marta Addo of Afton; and many nieces, nephews and other family.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, and step-father, Leroy Parrott and nephews Kyler and Darren Thompson.



Condolence & Memory Journal

I knew Bob since the 1st grade in Afton School & will dearly miss him. I have so many fond memories of
playing when we were kids. Bob served our country well & our prayers are with his family.
Chuck Frueh Ft. Smith, Ar.

Posted by Chuck Frueh - Fort Smith, AR - Friend   February 12, 2018

"Our sincere condolences to the family of Robert Thompson" Robert, Loretta and their children where great neighbors to us when they lived in Afton.

Posted by Merle South & Family - Afton, Iowa, IA - Friend   February 10, 2018

I feel sorry for your loss.

Posted by Janelle Morgan - Greenfield, IA - Friend   February 08, 2018

Our deepest condolences to your family.

Posted by Keith & Roberta Carpenter - Bridgewater, IA - Coworker   February 07, 2018


So very sorry to hear this news! What a super guy & friend! Sending lots of Thoughts and Prayers!

Posted by Alan Ellen Jensen - Afton, IA - Friend   February 07, 2018


Posted by JERRY FLEMING - corona, CA - Acquaintance   February 07, 2018


Thinking of You all in your time of Sorrow... Stay very Close to Jesus in this time of Hardship, for He will Comfort You, and guide you any time you are in need of His Divine Intervention... Trust in the Lord, because he Loves You very much~~~~ Love You Marta~~~~

Posted by Cindy Jones - Creston, IA - Friend   February 07, 2018

Marta, my thoughts and heart are with you.

Posted by Chrissy - Friend   February 06, 2018

Hoping to see you all but don't know yet if anyone will bring me. Love to all of you my family.

Posted by Glenda Andreini - Waukee, IA   February 05, 2018

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