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Richard J. “Dick” Thompson


Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Richard J. “Dick” Thompson

Richard J. “Dick” Thompson, age 74, of Wykoff, Minn., died Tuesday morning, August 7, 2012, at his home.

Dick was born February 24, 1938, in Winona, Minn., the son of Charles and Gertrude (Greethurst) Thompson. As a young child the family lived in LaCrosse and Lewiston before coming to Wykoff in 1940 which was also the beginning of Thompson Motors, the heavy truck dealership that still exists today. In 1982 they established a presence in S. St. Paul. He was a 1956 graduate of Wykoff High School and attended Winona State University. He also served in the Marine ROTC while attending college but never was called to active duty. He met his future wife, Judith Ann Sande in Wykoff while attending WHS and went on to marry her on June 14, 1958, at the Wykoff United Methodist Church. They had three children, Chris, Kim and Rod. Dick joined the family business full time and made many acquaintances along the way. Thompson Motors was truly a passion of Dick’s and under his tenure it evolved into an international business selling trucks and parts to people around the world. Dick spent years wearing many hats but was really a “customer first advocate’ and enjoyed people from all walks of life.

Dick was a longtime member of the Wykoff United Methodist Church and was a former member of the Spring Valley Masonic Lodge. He served on the national dealer council for International Harvester and enjoyed great camaraderie with other dealers in the business. Going to auctions, conventions and being around people of like mind was a favorite of his as well.

He and Judy spent most weekends at their lake home in the twin cities. Having friends, family, and especially granddaughters, visit was a something he looked forward to. He and Judy also traveled the world seeing many interesting places thru out Mexico, Central America as well as throughout Europe.

Dick is survived by his wife, Judy; son Rod (Tina) Thompson of Wykoff; and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by daughter, Kim; son, Chris; parents, Charles and Gert Thompson; and an infant sister.

The funeral was Friday, August 10, 2012, at Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley with Rev. Amanda Larsen officiating. Burial was in the Wykoff Cemetery.

The family prefers memorials to the Wykoff United Methodist Church, the American Cancer Society or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Online condolences can be left at www.thauwaldfuneralhomes.com

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