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September 12, 2012
Messenger News

Derald Dean Thompson of Granbury, TX, formerly of Pender, NE passed away September 7, 2012 at his home.

Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Thursday, September 13, 2012 at Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home and 10:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be at Sacred Heart Church, officiated by Rev. Joe Dillinger. Burial will follow at 3:00 PM in Cushing Cemetery in Cushing, IA. A visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 PM today at the funeral home, with a vigil at 7:00.

Derald is survived by his wife, Josephine; daughters, Terri Buck and her husband Jim of Lyons, NE; Teresa Thompson of Sioux City; Tammy Shaw of Omaha, NE; Tonya (Toni) Thompson and Terry Gaines of Sioux City; Tori Gilliland and her husband Mitchell of Modoc, IN; four step-sons, Ben, Frank, and Paul Wilson of Fort Dodge; and Tom Wilson and his wife Kristin of Avon, IN; sister, Linda Wanamaker of Sioux City; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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He was preceded in death by his parents, twin infant sons, Derald Dean II and Derald Dean III Thompson; brother, Jerry Thompson; sister, Shirley Hopkins; a half-brother, Delmar Hetrick; step-father, Walter Hetrick; step-mother, Mary Thompson Maffit; four sister-in-laws and four brother-in-laws.

Derald was born March 1, 1943 in Woodburn, OR to Carl Claire Thompson and Julie (Robins) Hetrick. He attended school in Sioux City, Iowa. After his education he joined the United States Marine Corps. On April 24, 1964 Derald was united in marriage to Sandra Turner in Elk Point, SD. The couple established their home in Pender, NE and raised their seven children. Their marriage was dissolved in 1991. On August 26, 1995 Derald was united in marriage to Josephine Wilson in Rockwell City, IA. The couple then established their home in Granbury, TX.

Derald spent most his life owning and operating his own business, Thompson Construction, and building Behlen buildings. He spent his last years as a truck driver. He drove across the country for K & B Transportation and Horizon Transport. When he was not working, Derald enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, dancing, and spending time with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family, and friends.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.



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