Richard Earl “Dick” Thompson, of Rochester, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at Saint Marys Hospital.
Dick was born May 21, 1939, in Greenwood, Ind. He was the eighth child born to Virgil and Martha Thompson. Dick was a member of the graduating class of 1957 from Greenwood High School. Following high school, he worked for Indiana Bell Telephone until joining the U.S. Navy in October 1958. During his eight years in the Navy, he spent two and a half years stationed on the staff of U.S. Naval Activities at Port Lyautey, Morocco, and four years at the Naval Examining Center at North Chicago, during which time he met his future wife, Elvina Tichy. Dick and Elvina were married Dec. 17, 1966, in Mundelein, Ill.
Dick spent 44 years involved in the electric fencing industry and served as Vice President of Waters Instruments, North Central Plastics, and Zereba Systems before retiring in 2010.
Dick was a 47-year member of Homestead United Methodist Church. He often said, “The only thing they have not asked me to do is sing.” Dick was a Master of Rochester Masonic Lodge 21 AF and AM, President of the Minnesota Masonic Foundation, Potentate of Osman Shrine, and an emertis member of the Board of Governors for Twin Cities Shriners Hospital for Children.
Dick is survived by his wife, Elvina; son, Dean (Jennifer) Thompson; daughter, Sarah (David) Holmes; grandson, Andrew Thompson; granddaughters, Rachel Thompson and Teagan, Claire and Quinn Holmes; and brother, Bernard of Taylors, S.C.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Howard, LeRoy, Robert, and Calvin; and four sisters, Francis, Rella, Nancy, and Judith, all of Greenwood, Ind.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, with Pastor Luke Nelson officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. in the River Park Chapel. There will also be a visitation one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Burial and military honors will be Tuesday, March 5, in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Preston.
Memorials are preferred to Twin Cities Shriners Hospital for Children or Homestead Church in Rochester.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.