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James R. Thompson

August 27, 1927 — March 4, 2020

James R. Thompson

James R. "Jim" Thompson, 92 of Devils Lake, ND passed away early Wednesday morning, March 4, 2020 at CHI, St. Alexius Health, Devils Lake Hospital.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be on Monday, March 9th, 2020 from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, ND.

Funeral Services will be held at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Devils Lake on Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to services. Burial will be in the Devils Lake Cemetery with Military Honors.

Jim was born August 27, 1927 in Cooperstown, ND. His parents were Oscar and Florence (Topping) Thompson. Jim graduated from Cooperstown High School in 1945 and then enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in General Douglas McArthur’s Honors Guard while stationed in Tokyo, Japan.

After his discharge from the military, Jim was married to Rosella “Sally” (Aarestad) Thompson on December 28, 1949. He attended North Dakota State University where he earned a degree in agriculture and started a long career with the Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service. During his 33 year career with the Soil Conversation Service he worked in Cooperstown, Cavalier, Mayville, Grafton, and Devils Lake.

Jim had many hobbies including golf, hunting and fishing. He was a master gardener and his Devils Lake yard was filled with summer blooms and fruit trees that showed off his talents. He loved card playing and was an accomplished bridge player, which continued well into his 90s. He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, GOSPALS, Elks Band, past member of the Devils Lake Country Club, and Lake Region Curling Club.

Jim is survived by his three children, James C. Thompson (Peach) of Houston, TX, Nancy D. Thompson (husband Dale Woolhiser) of Missoula, MT and Paul J. Thompson (Amy) of Devils Lake, ND; four grandchildren Alexandra (Joel) Thompson Eagle, Cassie Woolhiser, Jaret (Christina) Thompson, and Joshua (Alicia) Thompson; five great grandchildren Alexandria, Oliver, Ella, Graham, and Owen. Jim is also survived by his sister Carolyn Pfeifer of Buffalo, ND.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife Rosella and brother John Thompson of Valley City, ND.

 

 

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Past Services

Gathering of family and friends

Monday, March 9, 2020

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Gilbertson-Gloger Funeral Home

509 U.S. Route 2, Devils Lake, ND 58301

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Prayer Service

Monday, March 9, 2020

7:00 - 8:15 pm (Central time)

Gilbertson-Gloger Funeral Home

509 U.S. Route 2, Devils Lake, ND 58301

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

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