Richard Thompson, 83, of the Orient/Zion areas, died Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the Afton Care Center in Afton.
Celebration of Life Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 7, 2016, at the Powers Funeral Home in Creston. Pastor Karen Norton will officiate. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery, east of Afton, Iowa. Military graveside rites by the Theodore J. Marten's Post #1797 Creston VFW.
Open visitation will be from1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Sunday with family receiving friends from 3:00 – 5:00 Sunday at Powers Funeral Home in Creston.
Memorials can be given to the family to be established later. Online condolences can be given at www.powersfh.com .
Richard Eugene Thompson was born October 12, 1933, in Grant Township, in Union County near Afton, Iowa to Lottie Mae (Butterfield) and Cloyd Raymond Thompson. Richard graduated from Zion High School in 1952. He served his country as part of the United Stated Army stationed in Berlin, Germany.
After returning from the military Richard was united in marriage to Naomi Ruth Corley on October 5, 1957 at the First Baptist Church in Hodge, Louisiana.
They lived in the Orient -Zion area where he did custom feed grinding for several years before moving into Orient. He worked for Fullerton Lumber Yard and then the gas station both located in Orient. Richard bought the Conoco gas station in Orient in 1971. Richard and Ruth also owned the Afton Motel for several years. Richard and Ruth divorced in 1989. He moved to Cassville, Missouri, but returned to Orient in 1991 and continued to operate the gas station until he retired in 2010.
He loved spending time with his grandchildren and playing games with them.
Richard is survived by four daughters, Rhonda (husband Mike) Erskine of Creston, Rita (husband Mike) Wolfe of Creston, Ramona Wehde of Hutchinson, Minn. and Rosanne Thompson of Creston; two sons, Rodney Thompson of Orient and Russell (wife Michal) Thompson of Orient; six grandchildren, Dawn (husband Chris) Loudon, Tyler Erskine both of Creston, Ashley (husband Tim) Pingree and Briana Wehde both of Hutchinson, Minnesota, Hunter and Hannah Thompson both of Orient; four great -granddaughters, Brettalynn, Brayanna and Bracaley Pingree and Maci Miller; a brother, Robert Leroy Thompson Sr. of Garden City, Mo., a sister Berva Dawn Bennett of Lyons, Oregon and former wife Ruth Thompson of Creston.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Calvin Wayne Thompson in 2016, two sons-in-law, Ron Woosley and Brett Wehde, a grandson, Dustin Wehde, a sister-in-law, Kimiko Thompson and a brother-in-law, Robert Bennett.
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