Richard “Dick” Thompson, 93, of Forest City, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Good Samaritan Center in Forest City.
Memorial services will be held 10:30 A.M., Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City with Pastor Zech Anderson officiating. Inurnment will be at Madison Township Cemetery with military rites by the Forest City American Legion Post 121.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Friday, July 12th at Cataldo Schott Funeral Home, 505 N. Clark St., Forest City and will resume one hour prior to services at the church.
Richard William Thompson, the son of William and Alpha (Hanson) Thompson, was born November 12, 1925 on the family home in Worth County, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Dick attended Forest City Community Schools. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Idaho. When the war ended, he returned to Forest City where he worked for various carpenters in the area. On September 24, 1950, he married Beverly Harris at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Bode, Iowa. They made their home in Forest City where Dick built the home where he and Bev raised their two sons, Kent and Kirby. Dick owned and operated his own contracting business, Richard Thompson Construction which he continued until his retirement in 1987. He was known around town as “Hammer Dick.” Dick and Bev spent the winter months going south and living in their motor home. His main passion in life was restoring old cars in his “playhouse” with his friends. He restored a 1914 Ford Model T years ago that he drove in many parades. He also enjoyed going to flea markets and auctions.
Left to cherish his memory are his son, Kent (Connie) Thompson of Forest City; three grandchildren, Allison (Brian) Strommen, Brooke (Kyle) Dennis and Kelli Thompson; five great-grandchildren, Dillon, Kyra, Sophia, Keegan and Parker; and brother, Robert (Pearl) Thompson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beverly; and son, Kirby.
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