Harold Edward Thompson died at the age of 80 peacefully at home after a long battle with heart and lung disease. He was surrounded by his loving wife Hope and several of his children and grandchildren.
Harold was born March 30, 1932 at home in Otenagen to Harold and Annie (Grangruth) Thompson. He was the youngest of three and was nicknamed “Babe” by his sisters, mom, and dad. He was also known as “Giggles”. Harold grew up in the Deer River area where he attended school until the 8th grade as he was needed to help on the family farm. He then went to work in 1952 with the Cleveland Cliffs Mining Company. On January 29, 1953 he was drafted into the army where he served in Korea. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and National Defense Service Medal. He was very proud of serving his country. He received an Honorable Discharge on Nov. 29, 1954. On his return from service he returned to work for CCMC until his retirement in 1982 at the very young age of 49 years.
Daddy took his family on many adventures: the Effie rodeo, camping at Third River, and the road trip to Washington with eight children. He wore a hat of many colors and could do anything he put his mind to. He built his home, wildrice parchers, his own smoker and was the BEST smoked rib cook ever! He was a farmer, craftsman, trapper, fisherman, hunter, mechanic, logger, gardener, and a great storyteller. He had many stories to tell and a laugh you would never forget. He was an awesome protector and provider. He would always find a job to provide for his family; from working the pipeline to picking potatoes.
He was preceded in death by his father Harold, mother Annie, sister Helen, daughter Wendy Sue, granddaughter Sierra, great-granddaughters Jacqualine and Dominique, sons-in-law Jim Hardy and Sam Grossman, and many other family and friends.
Harold is survived by his wife Hope; children: Priscilla, Victor (Teresa), Cheryl, Barbara (Chuck), Janet, Philip, Valerie (Hollis), Kathy, Terri (Loren), LaVonne (Frank), Diane (Eric), Jennifer (Joel), Randy (Shirley), Meredith (Ralph), Rick (Megan), Andrew, and Vanessa; one sister Bernice (Donald) Stangland, many nieces and nephews, one special nephew Kenny Larson, and “adopted” son Paul.
Daddy we love you and will miss your laughter and presence forever!
Visitation: Friday June 29, 4-8 p.m. Carroll Funeral Home Deer River. Service: Saturday June 30, 2012 11 a.m., Ball Club Community Center, Ball Club, Minn.
Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River, Minnesota.