On March 6, 1947 at Creston hospital Jon Nelson Thompson became the third son of James Hudson and Ferne Lance Thompson.
Growing up in Mount Ayr involved playing neighborhood ball, racing bikes, riding horses and creating havoc with his coon dog and his nefarious friends.
Jon graduated with the greatest class in MACHS history in 1965. He was proud to be a member of the football team. He obtained an AA degree from Grandview College in 1967 and then went on to Iowa State University.
On June 2, 1968 he married Mary Jane Smith and he returned to ISU while she taught at Colo, IA.
Knowing they were scheduled for the draft, Jon and brother-in-law Stephen Smith enlisted in the U.S. Army in April, 1969. After training at Fort Polk, LA and Fort Sill, OK, Jon was stationed in Augsburg, Germany. He was honorably discharged in February, 1971 with an E-5 rank.
After that brief intermission, Jon finally graduated from ISU in February 1973. He spent most of his working life in Iowa agribusiness at Weaver, Harlan, Lenox and West Des Moines. They moved to their home at Sun Valley Lake in 1992 where they remained until they dubiously decided to live full-time in an RV and travel. Working part-time in Wisconsin, Kentucky, South Dakota, Florida, Missouri and Texas, they found like-minded lunatics who became great friends.
Jon fought the battle but lost the war to cancer on September 19, 2015 at Rockport, Texas.
Jon was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Norman and Roger, nephew Greg Thompson, sister-in-law Kathy Thompson, parents-in-law Howard and Norma Smith, and brother-in-law Don Smith.
To share memories of Jon: his wife of 47 years Mary Jane, brother-in-law Stephen Smith, sisters-in-law Blondena Thompson, Shirley Shaw and Sharon Smith, nieces and nephews Todd Smith, Angela Boord (Bill), Shari Sigl (Kevin), Troy Smith (Kari), Brian Thompson (Anitra) and Ryan (Melissa ) Smith, other family and friends.
Services will be held at the Mount Ayr American Legion Hall on October 17, 2015 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Gwen Trullinger officiating.
Honorary pallbearers: Susan Agans, Keith Andrew, James Holloway, Reldon Huntington, Jerry Knight, Tony Pettit and Ron Rainey.
Memorials will go to the Mount Ayr Fire Safety Club where Jonís father and grandfather were Fire Chiefs.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2015