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Paul Thompson

November 20, 1933 ~ November 4, 2018 (age 84)

Paul Wesley Thompson was born November 20, 1933, to LeRoy and Mattie (Tusing) Thompson, in Albia, Iowa.  He passed away at The Cottages in Pella on November 4, 2018.

Paul attended school in Albia and Oskaloosa.  He enlisted in the Marines on February 15, 1952, attaining the rank of Lance Corporal.  He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and United Nations Service Medal.  He was honorably discharged on January 27, 1954.  Paul was a lifetime member of Post 1655 in Newton, Iowa. 

Paul met Joyce Van Brogen in the Honey Bee Café in Oskaloosa.  They were married on July 21, 1956, in Ottumwa.  Together they had four children: Rick, Kelly, Marty and Cindy.  Paul worked at the Pella Canning Factory, Foulke Rubber, Pella Manufacturing and the Pella Community School system.  For many years Paul would help the many children safely cross Main Street on their way to and from school.  If you would be driving down Main Street early in the morning or when school would get out, you could always know you would get a warm wave “hello” from Paul as you would drive by, even if it was freezing cold outside. You could always know wherever you would see Paul, he would always say hello or give you a friendly wave. Paul enjoyed camping, fishing and family activities.

Preceding him in death are his parents, and his siblings: Lillian Thompson Anderson, Dorothy Thompson Bush, William “Bill” Thompson, Evelyn Thompson Lemonds, Gladys Thompson Miller, Agnes Thompson, Betty Thompson Waggoner Snakenburg, Juanita Thompson Bunting, Chester “Chet” Thompson, Donald Lee Thompson, Colleen Thompson Whitlach Hanson, and Hershall Lee Thompson.  He was also preceded in death by his parents-in-law Ralph and Gertrude (Miedema) Van Brogen.


Family of Paul and Joyce

Rick Thompson, Oskaloosa

            Lisa and Joshua Roose

                        Colten Goemaat

                        Mackenna Goemaat

                        Blake Roose

                        Hayden Roose

            Jeremy and LaDonna Langstraat

                        Hannah and Kyle Sykes

                        Tiera Langstraat

                        Drew Bartels

                        Alex Bartels

            Jessica and Shallom Doty

                        Mercedes, Taylor,  Pyper

            Erica and Ryan Groom

                        Libby, Ryan, Aydan, Ely


Kelly Thompson, Pella

            Chasity and John Todd

                        Cason, Marisa, Aaron, Madison


Marty and Lila Thompson, Drakesville

            Mark Thompson


            Charlie and Katey Thompson

                        Carter, Lexi, Paxton

            Jennifer and Jeremy Sample

                        Madalyn, Zaylie


Cindy and Dana Doty, Pella

            Christopher and Jillian Doty


            Heidi and Stephen Patton

                        Asher, Ingrid

            Andrew and Kortny Doty

Paul is also survived by his sister-in-law Ginny Thompson, and several nieces and nephews. 

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