Vale Ulan Thomson, 86, Clearfield Iowa, died September 2, 2001, at Clearview
Home in Clearfield. He had a stroke August 13, 2001, and had been transferred
to Clearview Home on August 22, 2001 from Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des
He was born February 1, 1915, the first child of Herbert C. and Harriet Pearl
Conklin Thomson, at their farm south of Griswold, Iowa.
Vale attended country school through the eighth grade and graduated from
Atlantic High School in 1932. He received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
degree in 1938 from Iowa State College and subsequently purchased the
practice of Dr. Hines in Gravity, Iowa.
On July 28, 1938, he and Annabelle Mabel Herbert married at the home of her
parents near Atlantic, Iowa.
On August 12, 1942, he entered the Army Veterinary Corp as a First Lieutenant
and was discharged in 1946 at the rank of Major.
He moved his family to Clearfield in 1946 and practiced veterinary medicine
until his retirement in 1985.
On August 1, 1980, he married Mona Mae Beemer.
In retirement he enjoyed wood crafting, fishing, traveling, administration of
family farms and visiting with many friends.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Clearfield
Lions, Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical
Association, American Legion Post #97, and the Iowa State Alumni Association.
He is survived by a daughter, Jo Ann Avey of Chandler, AZ, son John U.
Thomson, DVM and wife Kay of Starkville, MS; grandchildren Daniel U. Thomson,
DVM and wife Cindy of Greeley, CO; Holly B. Avey and husband Steve Rapp of
Decatur, GA; David J. Thomson of Council Bluffs, IA: Josh T. Avey and Francee
Coleen Brown of Green Valley, AZ: three great granddaughters, Kelly May,
Katelyn Annabelle and Tory Grace Thomson of Greeley, CO: a sister Rita
husband Raymond of Atlantic, IA and friend Vera Morey.
He is preceded in death by his parents and both wives.
Services were held
Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the United
Methodist Church in Clearfield with Rev. Lynn Garrison officiating. Music was
provided by Maralene Longfellow and
Casket bearers were Daniel Thomson, Holly Avey, Davis
Thomson, Cindy Thomson, Steve Rapp, and Josh
Military rites were provided by American Legion Post 97 of Clearfield.
Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery Wilson-Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Transcription and Submission by Lorelei Rusco, February of 2014