Thompson, Adrian L. “Abe” (1945-2006)

Services for Adrian L. Thompson, 60, were held Monday, May 1, 2006, at Zion Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, Minn., with the Rev. Gary Johnson officiating. Burial followed in the Holt Cemetery, Holt, Minn., with full military honors provided by the Thief River Falls American Legion and VFW. The Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Jim Thompson, Jerry Casavan, Chad Thorstenson, Deb Howe, Craig Thompson, Diane Robson, Sue Daul and Darin Robson.

Mr. Thompson died Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at the VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, after a courageous battle with cancer caused by Agent Orange.

Adrian “Abe” Thompson was born May 20, 1945, in Thief River Falls, Minn., to Clayton and Gunda (Matson) Thompson. He was baptized at Rindal Lutheran Church and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1963.

He was drafted in the Army and served in the Vietnam War from September 1965 to September 1967. After his discharge, he worked for his brother-in-law, William Robson, in the beekeeping business for 25 years. Partnering with Bruce Hanson, Abe started a beekeeping business in Redfield and in Grapeland, Texas, in 1995, which he continued until the time of his death. He was a member of the Sioux Bee Honey Association, American Bee Keeping Federation and the South Dakota Beekeepers Asso-ciation. He was a lifetime member of the VFW in Redfield.
He will be remembered as a beloved brother, cherished uncle and a friend to all who knew him. He was the kindest and gentlest of souls. When he wasn’t busy with his beekeeping business, he spent time planting and tending his vegetable and flower gardens. He was generous in sharing the fruits of his labor with wonderful canned goods for his family and friends. Always by his side were his dogs, “Happy,” “Buddy” and “Sooie,” and when they couldn’t be with him while battling his cancer, his new canine friend “Bo” was there to look after him.

Survivors include three brothers: Clayton Bud Thompson, Thief River Falls, Harold (Verna) Thompson, Thief River Falls, and Erling (Clare) Thompson, Aztec, N.M.; three sisters: Mrs. Bernard (Carolyn) Casavan, Wessington, Mrs. William (Joan) Robson, Thief River Falls, and Mrs. Bruce (Elaine Abby) Thorstenson, Coon Rapids, Minn.; one sister-in-law: Elaine Thompson, New Rockford, N.D.; 26 nieces and nephews, 51 great-nieces and -nephews, 11 great-great-nieces and -nephews; and friend and business partner: Bruce Hanson.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Clayton and Gunda Thompson, one sister: Gloria, in infancy, one brother: Orrin Thompson, one sister-in-law: Barbara Thompson, one nephew: David Casavan, and his grandparents.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky