Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, November 18, 1999
OBITUARY - JOSEPH HUBERT THOMPSON
Joseph Hubert THOMPSON was born April 18, 1917 at Republic, Michigan, Marquette county to Dellitte and Elva Maude ATWOOD
THOMPSON. Joe passed away on November 10, 1999 at the Lamoni Nursing Center in Lamoni, Iowa.
He was united in marriage to Elsie Cleone JOHNSON on October 23, 1937 in Grant City, Missouri. The couple was privileged
to share 62 years together. This marriage was blessed with four children.
Joe's great-grandparents were some of the early homesteaders of Ringgold County, Iowa.
Joe's family moved to 802 East
Jefferson in Mount Ayr, Iowa when he was two-years-old. He was a resident of that address at the time of his passing. His
father passed away when Joe was seven. His love of hunting and fishing started at an early age to help supplement the
family income and table.
He graduated from Mount Ayr high school in 1934 and joined up with the three "C" camp during the depression. He worked
for Bill FINCH at his produce, cream and egg station, and later the family moved to Tingley, Iowa where they owned and
operated their own produce station. During the war the family moved south of Shannon City, Iowa to help his father-in-law
with the farm while the older brothers-in-law were in the service. Later they purchased a farm near High Point Church.
In 1947 for Joe's health, they moved to Arizona and then on to California. In 1950 they returned to Mount Ayr working for
Bill FINCH in the produce station and later for the Mount Ayr Dairy. In 1957 they moved to Marshalltown, Iowa where he
drove a semi-truck for South West truck lines for two years. They then returned to Mount Ayr and bought the dairy and
operated it as THOMPSON's Ringgold Dairy.
After selling the dairy in 1965 he returned to his first love of farming, eventually moving onto the farm near Blackmore
Corner. While on the farm he continued to drive a semi-truck hauling livestock for the HENRY Brothers and Easterly
He retired in 1977 moving to the old home site in Mount Ayr. During the retirement years he enjoyed the winter trips west
and south. Joe and Cleone both enjoyed his new hobby, rock hunting and making jewelry with newfound friends, Dale and
Gladys FORTNEY. The meal sites at Tingley and Mount Ayr held a special place in his heart because of the activities and
the special fellowship with many friends, neighbors and new acquaintances.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dellitte and Elva THOMPSON; his brother Alvin Dellitte THOMPSON; and sisters,
Hilda Arlene THOMPSON and Eleanor Marie CAMPBELL.
He is survived by his wife Elsie Cleone JOHNSON THOMPSON; sisters, Laura Lucille BENSON of Mount Ayr and Phyllis Leora
MOORE of Azusa, California; children, Donald Edwin of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Jo Anne and husband Herman BOOTS of Cedar
Rapids, Iowa, Larry Dean and wife Leta Arlene of Cumberland, Iowa, William Albert (Bill) and wife Jeanne Louise of
Frederick, Colorado; 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and a host of friends.
One of his greatest joys during his children's visits home was to be woken up by the grandkids piling in their bed for
hugs, kisses and tickles.
Funeral services were at the Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Saturday, November 13, 1999 with
Reverend Jeff FLAGG officiating. Nancy SACKETT, Mary WEBB and Margaret BICKERS provided music. Casketbearers were Richard
JOHNSON, Douglas JOHNSON, Jerry JOHNSON, Rodney BEEN, Steven BEEN and Gary HARTSOOK. Honorary pallbearers were Robert
JOHNSON, Jim JOHNSON, Ed DEFENBAUGH, Bill MILLER, William FRENCH, Pat RICE, Dale BLACK, Larry FORD, Donald HUFF, Forrest
SHIELDS, Leo MORGAN and Richard DERSCHEID.
Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010
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