Celebrating the life of Duane S. Thompson
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A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 06, 2018 at the Armstrong – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ute, Iowa. Pastor Ben Bennett will officiate; with Committal Services following in the St. Clair Township Cemetery of Ute, Iowa, with Military Rites conducted by Aaby Post # 442 of the American Legion and VFW Post # 5605 both of Ute, IA . A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 05, 2018, at the Armstrong-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ute, Iowa. The Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home Ute, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online www.armstrongfuneral.com.
Duane Thompson (90) went to live with the Lord on Saturday, March 31, 2018, after a brief illness. Duane was born on July 17, 1927, to Percy and Lydia (Brown) Thompson, on the family farm South of Ute, IA. He grew up and lived his entire life in Ute and graduated with the class of 1945 from Ute High School. He served in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant from 1945 to 1947.
Duane was united in marriage with Nilmah LaJean Carlson on March 4, 1948. They had the joy of celebrating 60 years together, before Nilmah passed in 2008. To this union 3 daughters were born: Kay Loraine, Marcia Jo, and Marilyn LaJean.
Duane had a small trucking business, corn shelling business, and farmed for several years. He then owned and operated the DX Service station in Ute. He went to work over the road trucking for several different companies including Foreman, Marx, Joe Land, and Hawkeye. Duane traveled to every state in the continental United States except for Alaska and Maine. He earned a ring and many awards for driving over a million miles with no accidents. Duane had trucking in his blood and drove for over 60 years. Finally giving it up about 2 years ago.
Duane and Nilmah owned and operated the Ute Hotel and Lounge from 1978 to 1990. He also worked for Barney Barnett, Jim Gregerson and helped area farmers during these years.
Duane was a lifetime member of the Ute Christian Church, served on the Ute Fire Department and drove ambulance. He was a member of the VFW # 5605 and American Legion Aaby Post # 442 of Ute.
Duane is survived by his 3 daughters: Kay Melby of Moorhead, IA, Marcia (Fred) Dumkrieger of Soldier, IA and Marilyn Melby of Ute, IA. Nine grandchildren: Rozlynn (Tim) Fundermann of Moorhead, IA, Teige (Kathy) Melby of Logan, IA, Angela (Chris) Ulven of Blair, NE, Talan Melby of Logan, IA, Travis (Karla) Melby of Moorhead, IA, Jeremy (Tisha) Dumkrieger of Sioux City, IA, Ryan (Linsey) Dumkrieger of Sioux City, IA, Trina (Jeff) Dailey of Fulshear, TX, and Kari (Luis) Hernandez of Blair, NE; 20 great-grandchildren; special friend Bonnie Carlson of Ute, IA; brother Clair (LaVina) of Lawton, IA; brother-in-law Norman Carlson of Ute, IA; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Albin and MaryLou Carlson of Cherokee, IA; sister-in-law Kathy Carlson of Ute, IA; extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Nilmah; parents Percy and Lydia Thompson; sister Doris (Ray) Johnson; brother Lloyd (Nancy) Thompson; sons-in-law Maynard (Kay) Melby and Terry (Marilyn) Melby; sister-in-law Garnet (Lyle) Knutson; sisters-in-law Alice Thompson and Sandra Carlson; brothers-in-law Jack Carlson, Joe Carlson, and Jimmy Carlson; and a host of family and friends.
501 South Day Avenue
Ute, IA 51060
Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.
501 South Day Avenue
Ute, IA 51060