Richard "Dick" Thompson July 28, 1931-April 9, 2017

Richard "Dick" Thompson

     Richard “Dick” Thompson, age 85, died Sunday, April 9, 2017 at his home following an extended illness.

     Funeral services will be held at 11 Wednesday morning, April 12, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, Monticello, with interment in the Hopkinton Cemetery with Military Honors. Rev. Emory Gillespie will officiate at the services. Friends may call from 4 until 7 Tuesday at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at

     Surviving is his wife Leoda; a son Craig (Julia) Thompson, Strawberry Point; five grandsons, Matthew (Claire) Thompson, Jared (Leah) Thompson, Mark (Carrie) Thompson, Jonathan Thompson, Christian Thompson; and seven great-grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Don and wife Jane, a niece Kimberly and great-nephew Nicholas.

     Richard Lloyd Thompson was born July 28, 1931 at the John McDonald Hospital, Monticello, Iowa. He was the son of Lloyd Orville and Wilma Katherine Wilson, Thompson. Dick graduated from the Buck Creek High School in 1948. He then attended radio electronics school in Omaha for a year. He worked in Oelwein and Cedar Rapids and REM Electric before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He enlisted with his lifelong friend Freeman Smith Jr. Dick continued his electronics training and work in the Navy. Dick married Leoda Borden on June 29, 1952 at the Hopkinton Presbyterian Church. Following his return from service he was employed at REM Electric in Monticello. In 1957 he went to work at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids as a Naval Inspector. After two years, Collins hired him and he spent the next 21 years there as the manager of a quality audit department in avionics. He retired in 1982 from Collins but continued working at the Strawberry Point Medical Center electronic maintenance. His best job in retirement was being a grandpa to his five grandsons.


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