December 22, 1931 – August 17, 2013
Richard ‘Dick’ Thompson, age 81, of 2035-190th Street, rural Boone, died August 17, 2013, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at the Central Christian Church with Rev. Gary Sneller and longtime friend Pastor Clair Hein officiating. Burial will be in the Linwood Park Cemetery.
Folding and presentation of the American Flag will be conducted by the Boone Veterans Council.
Richard Lee Thompson was born in Boone on December 22, 1931, the son of Raymond and Marie (Samuelson) Thompson.
He graduated from Jordan High School in 1949 and Dick received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Iowa State University in Agriculture and Animal Science.
On June 14, 1953, Dick married Sharon Aspengren in Boone.
He served with the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
Dick was a grain farmer and also raised livestock in Jackson Township.
He was co-founder of Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI), a farmer research group. He and his wife, Sharon hosted many field day events for PFI, and they traveled worldwide presenting seminars pertaining to farming and agriculture.
In earlier years, Dick was a 4-H leader and helped with the 4-H swine department.
He served on the Boone County Fair Board and served as Soil and Water Commissioner for Boone County.
Dick enjoyed watching golf and I.S.U. sports on television and attending the Iowa State Fair on a yearly basis.
His life was his farm and he loved agricultural research.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife Sharon of Boone; three sons: Roger and wife Barb and Rex and wife Lisa, all of Boone, and Ryan and wife Duanna of Ogden; a daughter Renae VanZee of Ankeny; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Central Christian Church on Tuesday from 4 until 8 p.m. where the family will be present from 6 until 8.
Visitation on Wednesday morning will be at the Schroeder Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall from 8 until 11 a.m. and then at the Church from 12:30 p.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be decided at a later date.Information provided by: Schroeder Memorial Chapel, Inc. 1006 6th Street Boone, IA 50036 www.schroedermemorialchapel.com