Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Erie Christian Church. Burial will follow at Erie Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Gibson-Bode Funeral Home, Erie. Memorials may be made to Erie Christian Church.
Bob was born on March 10, 1921, in Erie, the son of Payne E. and Rose M. Rush Thompson. He married Gladys Ferguson on Feb. 15, 1939, in Davenport. They celebrated 71 years of marriage before she preceded him in death in 2010.
Bob worked for John Deere for 36 years, retiring in 1978, from the Experimental Department. He was a member of the UAW Local 434 and was active in Erie Christian Church, serving as an elder and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of the Builders Class of Church and had been the Sunday school superintendent.
He enjoyed remodeling, watching Westerns and was an avid White Sox and Bears fan. Bob also loved music and sang in the church quartet. His greatest enjoyment, however, was his family.
Survivors include his two sons (and spouses), Robert D. (Brenda) Thompson and Kenneth P. (Mary) Thompson, both of Erie; five grandchildren (and spouses), Paige, Craig (Angie), Kurt (Lori) and Kenyon (Kay) Thompson, Kim (Dean) Schmidt; great-grandchildren, Craig Jr., Alyssa, Krysta and Kaylee Thompson and Brandon and Brittany Schmidt; stepgreat-grandchildren, Marissa and Jacob Large, and Sierra Koehn. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and two brothers, Roy and Maurice Thompson.
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