Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 23, 2006, at First United Methodist Church in Marshall. Rev. Dave Huck will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Wheeling Cemetery in Wheeling. Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church Building Fund, Calvary Radio Broadcast or Mayo Foundation-Parkinson's Research.
Born April 15, 1941, in Chillicothe, he was the son of the late Glen A. Thompson and Mary Ann Wampler Thompson. He was a 1959 graduate of Chillicothe High School. He was recruited by Volney Ashford to be the football manager at Missouri Valley College. He was also the basketball manager at Missouri Valley under Grover Redford's leadership. He graduated in 1963 from Missouri Valley College with a bachelor's degree in physical education. He taught elementary physical education in Marshall public schools from 1963 to 1965. In January 1966 he was employed by Missouri Valley College to develop and manage a college bookstore. In the fall of 1972 he accepted a position as bookstore manager at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. In 1973 he returned to Marshall and purchased Counts Lawn and Garden Store. Bill Scott became his partner and they renamed the business Bill & Del's Lawn and Garden. In November 1978 he was elected county collector of Saline County and held that office for 24 years. On June 14, 2003, he married Carol Christian Cohea, who survives of the home. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Marshall and was active in the Kiwanis.
Additional survivors include three daughters, Donna Hall of Sedalia, Leah Tacy and husband Donald of Wheeling and Nanci Krapf and husband Paul of Austin, Minn.; one stepson, Jeffrey Cohea and wife Diane of San Antonio, Texas; one stepdaughter, Sara Thomas and husband Jacob of Lancaster, Calif.; three brothers, Robert Thompson, Alvin Thompson and Delbert Thompson, all of Chillicothe; one sister, Mary Bonderer of Chillicothe; seven grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Donald, Ralph, Raymond and Leroy Thompson; and one sister, Delores Brewer.
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