Obituaries

Charlie Russell Thompson

10/11/1929 - 12/18/2020

Obituary for Charlie Russell Thompson

For seventy years Charlie and Edith Thompson remained soulmates. When Charlie moved on to heaven on December 18, 2020, Edith’s heart went with him. Her body soon followed eleven days later on December 29, 2020. Charlie and Edith left behind a lifetime of memories with friends and family with notable connections to the American Legion, Elks Club, Lions Club, Red Hat Club and the communities of Minburn and Perry in which they lived and worked. They were also members of the United Methodist Church of Minburn for all 70 years of their marriage. In fact, they were the first marriage in the rebuilt church on September 3, 1950.
Charlie served two years in the Army during the Korean War, but worked primarily in the trucking industry hauling fuel for the Minburn Cooperative Elevator as well as fuel & goods for Farmland Industries. Edith was a longtime bookkeeper and receptionist for Lauterbach Chevrolet in Perry before performing similar duties in semi-retirement for Stokely Lumber in Perry. Despite their unquestionable work ethic, they made time for as many family functions as possible. They had three generations of events to attend that included countless reunions, weddings, baptisms, confirmations, and graduations. Nothing made them prouder than the accomplishments of their descendants. They took special pride in the genuine friendships the entire family has forged through the years. After retirement, Charlie & Edith spent their winters in Mesa, Arizona and the rest of the year in Perry. They loved the change of seasons but felt they had seen enough snow to last them a lifetime! Plus, Valle de Oro in Mesa provided them with the perfect combination of the things they enjoyed the most… camping in their fifth wheel trailer, dancing under the stars, potluck meals and the dozens of friendships they forged there.
Charlie and Edith were preceded in death by Charlie’s parents, Verle & Velma Thompson; Edith’s parents, Frank & Mary Housh; Charlie’s brother, Paul Thompson; and Edith’s brothers and sisters, Elsie Blauth, Pauline Benton, Bessie Smith, Carl Schnebly & Leo Hoffrogge. Left to carry on their legacy are their children, Mike Thompson, Teresa Bailey & Ray (Erica) Thompson; Charlie’s brother and sister, Roger (Marie) Thompson & Carmen (Dick) Walgrave; and Edith’s sisters, Louise Erwin & Marie Dawson. They have eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren (and counting!) who will remember time with their grandparents fondly and miss them dearly.
As they so frequently danced with us all, they will now be dancing in heaven looking down upon us with the same care and love as they held for us here on earth. Due to the covid pandemic a Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Murdock Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Contributions in their name can be sent to the United Methodist Church of Minburn at P.O. Box 204, Minburn, IA 50167 or directly to Teresa Bailey.

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Growing up in Minburn, two of my parents best friends were Charlie and Edith. They were two of the most upbeat honest caring and loyal people you could ever meet. I kept in touch with them over the years and I always looked forward to seeing them when they wintered in Arizona. Charlie took the time to keep me informed of events in Minburn that he thought would be of interest to me, often including pictures he took and sent to me. My parents, Merle and Fae Mitchell, are buried in Elmwood Cemetery and Charlie said he would place decorations on their grave on Memorial Day as long as he was alive. That's the kind of guy he was, one of a kind. I will miss them.
- Diana Harper
I only heard about Charlie when I heard about Edith. I am so sorry for your losses. They were loyal friends and so much fun. Lucky to have known them. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
- Cheryl Monson
I met Charlie while I was working in the clubhouse at The Hill near Grand Junction. Charlie was introduced to me by Cecil and Dorothy Rueter. Charlie and I grew to be friends over the years and he never failed to stop and tell me about his round or maybe a recent trip. RIP Charlie.
- Dean Miller

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