Alvin Thompson, 1935-2018

Published 1:00 am Thursday, December 6, 2018

Alvin Harold Thompson of Albert Lea died peacefully at his home Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at 83 years of age.

Alvin Thompson

Alvin was born April 5, 1935, in Forest City, Iowa, to Anna Hanna and Harold Thompson. After graduating from Emmons High School in 1953, Alvin worked at Queen Stoves in Albert Lea before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. Alvin was stationed at bases in Panama and Bermuda and assigned to the VP 45 bomber crew team.

He married Ann Marie Thompson in June 1959 in Duluth, farming in the Emmons area before adopting their two children, Troy and Annamarie. Alvin also worked as a tool and die maker in Lake Mills and served on the Nunda Township board from 1982 to 2006. The couple moved to Albert Lea in February 2014.

Email newsletter signup

He will be sorely missed by his many beloved friends, relatives and extended family.

Alvin is survived by loving wife, Ann Marie; children Troy Thompson (Michelle) of Clarks Grove and Annamarie Saarinen (Paul) of North Oaks; grandchildren Holly Thompson, Cody Johnson, Jack Hingos and Elle and Eve Saarinen; great-grandchildren Ashton Johnson, and Arya and Jayce Zeigelman-Hingos; brothers Ronald Thompson (Nyla) and Gilman Thompson (Nylene); sisters-in-law Linda Peterson, Lois Koehler, June Hall (Allan) and Susan Kreager (Russ); brother-in-law, Odell Odberg (Lovey); and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Anna and Harold Thompson; stepmother, Charlotte; father- and mother-in-law, Gunder and Verna Odberg; brother, Gordon Thompson; brothers-in-law Roy Odberg (Jane) and Manley Koehler; sister-in-law Linda Peterson’s husband, Harlan; and niece, Kelly Kreager.

The family would like to thank all the wonderful staff and volunteers at Albert Lea hospice, who comforted and cared for him in his last weeks of life.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bayview Freeborn Funeral Home, 1415 Highway 13 North in Albert Lea. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Emmons Lutheran Church, 490 Pearl St. in Emmons. Military honors will be accorded by local veterans organizations.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Emmons Lutheran Church, Albert Lea hospice or

Online condolences are welcome at