Richard Dean Thompson, 78, of Dodge Center, passed away Dec. 26, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital, Rochester.
Richard was born Dec. 27, 1934, to Kenneth and Mildred Thompson, of Dodge Center.
He attended and graduated from high school in 1953 from Dodge Center. He played football and was very proud of the fact that his senior year his team was not scored upon all season. After high school, he enlisted in the Army. He served on a Navy ship, which crossed the Arctic Circle. He was a member of the Legion in Dodge Center.
He was united in marriage to Eleanor (Ellie) Dressell on April 23, 1960, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They were married 53 years last April. He drove for Great Plains Gas out of Owatonna and St. Charles, then for Bud Meyer Truck Lines out of Lake City, where he earned a "One Million Mile Safe Driving Ruby and Diamond Ring."
He was a big Vikings and Twins fan and always went to his grandkids' sporting events. He lived his life helping others out in any way he could and enjoyed that. He enjoyed being outside mowing lawn, gardening and plowing snow in the winter.
Richard is survived by his wife, Eleanor (Ellie), of Dodge Center; a son, Ted (Brenda) Thompson, of Boswell, Okla.; a daughter, Patty (Craig) Kruckeberg, of Dodge Center; a brother, Fred (Donna) Thompson, of Dodge Center; a sister-in-law, Edith Mutch, of LeSueur; seven grandchildren; Tiffany Honeycutt, Colby and Nathan Thompson, all of Boswell, Okla., Shari (Andy) Schroer and Kyle Kruckeberg, of Owatonna,Tanner and Carli Kruckeberg, of Dodge Center; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Mildred Thompson; mother-in-law, Mary Dressell; brother-in-law, Gordon Mutch; and many dear and close friends.
His body was donated to Mayo Medical Research in Rochester and then will be cremated. There will be an interment service at Riverside Cemetery at a later date.