Richard Thompson
Richard Thompson
Richard Verdayne Thompson, 81, of Lanesboro, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at the Harmony Community Health Care Center.

He was born June 28, 1931, to Charley A. Thompson and Elfrieda (Olness) Thompson. He was baptized at Union Prairie Lutheran Church and graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1949. He served in the U.S. Air Force from April 1951 to April 1955. He built grain bins in western states until he came back to farm in 1960.

He enjoyed his vegetable, raspberries and flower gardens, and enjoyed doing shop projects and working on his cars. He was a member of the American Legion of Lanesboro, Post 40, and the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

He is survived by two sisters, Milicent (Robert) Pehrson of La Selva Beach, Calif., and Berniece Thompson of Albert Lea; a nephew, Gregory Pehrson, and a niece, Crystal Pehrson Johnson.

A memorial service was held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro on Tuesday with the Rev. Kerry Eversole officiating.

Military rites were performed by American Legion Post 40 after the service in the church. There will be a private burial at a later date at the Union Prairie Lutheran Cemetery in rural Lanesboro.

Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro was in charge of arrangements.