Lowell Dean “ L. D.” Thompson, 93, of Verndale and formerly of Wadena and Oylen, died Nov. 5, 2013 at Heartland Hospice, Staples.
Funeral services were held Nov. 8 at the Verndale Alliance Church in Verndale with Pastors Tony Stanley and Fred Hartley IV officiating. Military honors were provided by the Elmer Goche Post 3922, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wadena. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery at Verndale.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena.
Lowell was born July 5, 1920, to Neal and Selma (Andersen) Thompson at the Updike Ranch at Herman, Neb. He grew up and went to school at Blair. At age 17, he joined the CCC and in South Dakota; and later at the Omaha Stock Yards in Omaha Neb.
In August of 1942, Lowell joined the U.S. Army and during the Invasion at Normandy on June 28, 1944. While in WW II he fought in five battles including the Battle of The Bulge where he received the Purple Heart. After his honorable discharge in September of 1945, he started farming and raising cattle.
On Jan. 29, 1950 he married
Arelene Benjamin at Laurel, Neb. They farmed near Dixon,. In 1968, they bought a ranch near Nimrod later moving south of- Blue Grass. Lowell worked construction for for Marley Cooling Towers in several states, in 1991, he retired and moved back to Blue Grass. In 1997 they moved to Verndale. He was a life time member of the Wadena VFW Post 3922, and a member of the Mid-MN Beef Growers Association. He enjoyed farming, John Deere tractors, his horse Sonny, his dog Skippy and especially his family.
L.D. is survived by his wife; three daughters, Deanna “Dee” Thompson of Motley; Marsha (Mike) Achermann of Darby, Mont.; Brenda (Tim) Huwe of Park Rapids; two sons, James (Vickie) of Verndale; Daniel of Wadena; three sisters, Alice Madsen; Nila Matzen; Gloria Jensen; one sister-in-law, Judy Thompson; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; one great greatgrandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harley; Elton; one sister, Mildred Wallace; four brothers-in-law; and one sister-in-law.