Dean Thompson, 79, of Northwood, ND passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in his home surrounded by family. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bilden Funeral Home in Northwood. A visitation will be held Friday, June 20, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the Bilden Funeral Home.
Dean was born October 24, 1934 in Michigan, ND to Alvin and Adelaide (Garrison) Thompson. He grew up in Michigan and graduated from Michigan High School in 1952. Dean served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959. On April 25, 1959, he married Janice Trostad at Ottawa Lutheran Church, rural Aneta, ND. Together, they made their home in McVille, ND. Dean spent several years working at the McVille Creamery. He spent a majority of his working life in manufacturing, working at Wil-Rich in McVille and Brittonya Industries in Northwood, ND. After retirement, Dean and Janice moved to Northwood. Dean enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, playing cards, reading and spending time with his family, friends and his special companion Doby. Dean enjoyed life to the fullest and found joy in the simple things, always putting his family and friends' needs above his own. He was not concerned with material possessions; instead he focused on keeping his family bonded together and always striving to live life by the Golden Rule. His compassionate heart, strong values and quick wit will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Janice, Northwood, ND; children: Lincoln (Cindy) Thompson, Wahpeton, ND, Tad (Tina) Thompson, Devils Lake, ND, Dianna (Tom) Holm, Casselton, ND, Heath (Tracey) Thompson, Ypsilanti, ND; grandchildren: Dustin and Shannon Thompson, Adelaine Thompson, Jacob and Nicholas Holm, Andrew and Dylan Thompson; brother and sisters-in-law: Marvin Hildre, Doris Thompson and Karen Thompson, and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, siblings: Margaret Hauge, Charlotte Hildre, Deloris Weber, Charles Thompson and twin Richard Thompson; brothers-in-law: Sid Hauge and Bob Weber.
Memorials are preferred to Northwood Cancer Crusaders, Altru Cancer Center - Filling the Gap Program or Altru Hospice. The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for the wonderful care he received.