Donald Thompson, 75Donald H. “Rocky” Thompson, 75, died Monday, January 7, 2013 at Bethany Home in Alexandria.
Donald H. “Rocky” Thompson, 75, died Monday, January 7, 2013 at Bethany Home in Alexandria.
Don was born May 9, 1937 in Kandiyohi, the son of Elmer and Olga (Monson) Thompson. He graduated from Willmar High School in 1955 and served in the Minnesota National Guard.
On April 9, 1960, Don was united in marriage to Marlien Larson. Two girls were born to this union and the family lived in Kandiyohi, Wahpeton, North Dakota, and in 1970, moved to Alexandria.
Don worked in the oil business, first for his father for Mobil Oil, then at Sinclair and later as a bulk petroleum operator with Howie’s Oil, Inc. He then sold used cars and managed a car-rental service for Platto’s Auto, Inc. He retired in 2002.
Rocky loved to fish, play horseshoes, dance, bowl, play softball and golf. He even kept a diary of how many fish he caught daily. He enjoyed spending time with family whether at Green Lake near Spicer or at Maple Lake near Alexandria. He never missed KXRA’s “Swap Shop” and enjoyed running the Bethany Home Coffee Shop. He was also a very active fan of the Minnesota Twins, Vikings and Timberwolves. Rocky will be remembered for his contagious laugh.
He is survived by his daughters, Pamela Thompson of Minneapolis and her significant other, Joe Collins of San Rafael, CA, Paula and husband Gary Szalkiewicz of Eden Prairie; grandchildren, Stefan Szalkiewicz and Sydney Szalkiewicz, both of Eden Prairie; sister, Betty Luiten of Kennewick, WA; sisters-in-law, Donna Thompson of Benson, Arlene Thompson of Atwater, and Joann Thompson of Redding, CA; and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Rocky was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert, Charles, John and Tommy; and a sister, Marge Snelling.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, January 19, at 11 a.m. at Bethany Home Chapel in Alexandria with the Rev. Scott Keehn officiating.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at Bethany Home Chapel.
Memorials are preferred to the Boy Scouts of America. In the memo line, please note “Fish Camp.”
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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