Amos Thompson of Grygla, MN, age 91, died Wednesday July 17, 2013 at Thief River Care Center, Thief River Falls, MN.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, July 22, 2013 at Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla, MN with Rev. Vicki Saude-Worthington officiating. Burial will be held at the Bagley City Cemetery in Bagley, MN.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM on Monday at Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla, MN.
Amos LeRoy Thompson was born on March 19, 1922 in Dix, IL the 10th of 11 children born to George and Sarah (Sanders) Thompson. He was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith. Amos graduated from Opdyke High School in Opdyke, IL.
While working at a foundry in Chicago, IL, Amos met his future wife, Margaret Anderson and the couple was married on February 14, 1943 in Chicago.
After their marriage, Amos joined the United States Navy during World War II and served in the Pacific Theatre. Margaret moved back to Bagley, MN. Following his Honorable Discharge, the couple moved to Mt. Vernon, IL for 2 years where Amos worked in a foundry and back to Bagley for a short time where he worked in automobile repair. They moved to Weme, MN where he was the butter maker from 1948 until 1955 when they moved to Grygla, MN where Amos also worked as a butter maker at the Grygla Co-op Creamery. After retirement, Amos did carpentry and shingling for many years.
The couple traveled to Belize, Central America in 1985, where they spent a year with Volunteers Overseas For Cooperative Assistance. Amos entered Greenleaf Assisted Living in Thief River Falls in March of 2007 and Thief River Care Center in September of 2011.
Amos was a member of Grace Lutheran Church where he served as the first president of the congregation following the merger of St. Olaf, Valle and Northwood Churches and served in many other positions at Grace Lutheran Church over the years. Amos was a volunteer Fireman; was instrumental in establishing the Mar-Bel Senior Living Apartments; served on the Grygla City Council; was a charter member of the Grygla Lions Club; and served on several Land-O-Lakes Committees and Boards.
Amos enjoyed fishing and playing baseball & basketball in his earlier years. In his later years, Amos enjoyed going for drives in the country, watching all sports, working jigsaw puzzles, playing pinochle, visiting with family and friends and was the community handyman.
Survivors include his children Mary (Larry) Bross of Isanti, MN, Paula (Terry) Babcock of Alamo, CA, Paulette (Rick) Passer of McGregor, MN and Robert (Lori) Thompson of Grygla, MN; 9 grandchildren, Steve (Debe) McEnelly, Judy Johnson, Jenny Bard, Donny (Tina) Bross, Pam (Eric) Jeffress, Stacy (Mark) Bohn, Jon (Sara) Passer, Megan Thompson and Justin Thompson; great-grandchildren, Trevor, Annie, Katelyn, Logan, Nicole, Erika, Andrew, Xavier, Kayla, Taylor, Jacob, Thea, Ada, Elsa, Andrea, Ethan, Spencer, Carson, Marshall; great-great grandson, Liam; brother, Delbert Thompson of Mt. Vernon, IL; sisters-in-law, Violet (Archie) Baumann of Janesville, MN and Avis (Art) Sletten of Bemidji, MN; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret on August 27, 2007; infant son, John; parents; and siblings, Ray, Charles, John, Edgar, Clara, Mabel, Gladys, Thelma, and Ruth.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com
Accompanist, Joy Nordby
Soloist, Jodi Schulz “Precious Lord Take My Hand” & “On Eagle’s Wings”
Congregational Hymns, “How Great Thou Art” & “God Be With You Till We Meet Again”
Military Honors, Grygla Veterans of War Post #3858 & Grygla American Legion Post #162
Pallbearers, Amos’s Grandchildren ~ Steve McEnelly, Judy Johnson, Jenny Bard, Donny Bross, Pam Jeffress, Stacy Bohn, Jon Passer, Megan Thompson, Justin Thompson
Honorary Pallbearers, Grygla VFW Post 3858 & Grygla Fire Department