Warren Thompson, 87Warren Roger Thompson, 87, died suddenly November 1, 2009 at his home of 44 years. He was active and enjoyed life until the end.
Warren Roger Thompson, 87, died suddenly November 1, 2009 at his home of 44 years. He was active and enjoyed life until the end.
Warren was born February 28, 1922 in rural Princeton to Alma (Sederlund) and Elmer Thompson. He was the 10th child of 12 and worked hard to support the family farm outside of Princeton.
As a young man, Warren moved to Rockford, Illinois to work at Brass Works. It was in Rockford in 1941 that a long-term partnership began with Evelyn Olson of rural Farwell, who also worked in Rockford. Warren and Evelyn were married May 5, 1945 at Augustana Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis.
Warren loved the automobile and after their marriage established an auto repair business in Farwell. During the next 15 years, Warren gained a reputation as a skilled mechanic. In 1965, Warren, Evelyn and family moved to Alexandria, where Warren worked as a service manager for International Harvester and Ford Motors.
During this time, Warren learned of an opportunity for a teaching job at the Alexandria Technical School. After completing his GED at 46 years old, he was hired and began a new career as an auto/diesel mechanical instructor. Warren loved this job. He took joy in sharing his knowledge with many young men until he retired in 1985. Many area businesses would seek out his students after graduation.
Warren loved to fish all his life and after retirement fished walleye in earnest and regularly caught his limit in many local and area lakes. He also restored a number of old tractors and a 1955 Chevy. Warren and Evelyn loved to be on the go and traveled to see friends and relatives regularly. They have led a very spiritual life and have been dedicated and active members of Calvary Lutheran for more than 40 years.
Warren is survived by his wife of 64 years, Evelyn; sons, Richard (Elizabeth) Thompson of Boston, MA, Steven (Candace) Thompson of Bemidji; daughter, Kathleen (David) Larson of New Brighton; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Sara Thompson of Chicago, IL, Luke Thompson of Honolulu, HI, Joshua Thompson of Lake Tahoe, CA, Abigail (Scott) Dolbear of Orlando, FL and their children, Joaquin, Ethan and Aiyana, Aaron Larson of New Brighton, and Diana Larson of Phoenix, AZ. Warren is also survived by his brother, Donald Thompson of Princeton, and his sister, Dorothy Olson of Princeton.
Funeral services were held November 6 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria with the Rev. Mark Astrup officiating. Kim Byrne, Sandy Buckner and Abigail Dolbear provided music. Interment was at Oscar Lake Cemetery near Farwell. Casket bearers were Sara Thompson, Luke Thompson, Joshua Thompson, Abigail Dolbear, Aaron Larson and Diana Larson. Honorary casket bearers were Ethan, Joaquin and Aiyana Dolbear.
Memorials are preferred to: LOVE INC., 803 North Nokomis Street, Suite 400, Alexandria MN 56308.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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