Oliver T. Thompson, 89 of Beulah N.D., formerly of Scranton, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at the Knife River Care Center in Beulah. Funeral Services for Oliver were held Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church. Pastor Mary Wiggins officiated with burial following in the Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, rural Rhame, ND. Visitation for Oliver was Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 from 12-9 p.m. at the Krebsbach funeral Home Chapel.
Oliver Thompson was born on June 8, 1928, in Rhame, the son of Wallace and Anna (Hanson) Thompson. He went to Langberg Country School south of Rhame.
He served in the US Army 1947-1948 and was stationed in Korea. He married Mavis JoAnn Maas on June 11, 1949 in Scranton.
He worked at several ranches as a ranch hand in the Rhame area before going into the Army. After getting married, he worked in automobile service stations, but his primary work was railroad maintenance for several years. He had to retire due to back injury.
He loved music. He sang country songs and played several instruments by ear; the guitar, piano, violin and mandolin. He sang and played in local bands including “The Guitars”, singing and playing in many venues, social and community events. In his later years, he played and sang in Nursing Homes.
In his younger years, he like to play horseshoe and he loved baseball throughout his life. Oliver is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Mavis; children, Wally (Darlene) Thompson of Dickinson, Wayne (Therese) Thompson of Baker, Mont., Linda (Dave) Czywczynski of Beulah, N.D., Kermit (Evelyn) Thompson of Devils Lake, N.D. and Kay (Todd) Roth of rural Mandan, N.D.; 18 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren, one brother, Walter (Verna) Thompson of West Bend, Wisconsin and two nephews, Jim and Jerry Thompson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Anna Thompson, brother, Elmer Thompson and infant sister, Arlette Thompson.