Robert Thompson, 1938-2014

Published 10:47am Monday, July 21, 2014

Robert Duane Thompson, 76, of Mankato died from complications of cancer on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at his home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel in Mankato with the Rev. John Petersen officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the services. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Dexter Cemetery. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Robert Thompson
Robert Thompson

Bob was born on March 17, 1938. His parents are Lloyd and Genevieve Thompson of Hollandale. He graduated from Albert Lea High School and attended Austin Junior College. Bob received his degree in pharmacy from South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D.

Bob met his wife, Maxine Davis, at Austin JC and they were married in 1958 at Dexter Methodist Church. They have three children and four grandchildren.

During Bob’s professional career he owned Thompson Drug in Mapleton and worked for Lewis Drug and Walgreens in Mankato and Plymouth. He retired from pharmacy in 2005.

Bob and Maxine are current members at Christ the King Lutheran Church. They were former members of Messiah Lutheran Church in North Mankato. During that time Bob served on the Board of Extension and helped establish Epiphany Lutheran Church in Eagle Lake. They were also members at House of Hope Lutheran Church in New Hope where they served in the Stephen’s Ministry. They also sang in the choir at the Billy Graham Crusade in 1996 which was a culmination of Bob’s lifelong passion for music.

Bob’s other passion was exotic cars. He was a member of the Basso Presto Car Club in Mankato and Auto Sports Enthusiasts in Austin and Albert Lea.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine Thompson, of Mankato; three children, Scott and Vernette Thompson of San Ramon, Calif., Cynthia Thompson of Plymouth and Pamela and Carl Bjerke of Prior Lake; four grandchildren, Jennifer, Kirk, Jacob and Loyde with wife, Madigan; one sister, Mary, and Dick Winship of Winterhaven, Fla.; and one half-brother, Jerry, and Shirley Steen of Conway, Ariz.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents and his mother and father-in-law, Doris and Ben Davis.