Greene, Iowa — Charles "Chuck" Roy Thompson, 72, of Greene, Iowa, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023 at Avera St. Anthony's Hospital in O'Neill.
Visitation was held Thursday, March 2, 2023 at Counsell Woodley Funeral Home in Greene, Iowa.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 3, 2023 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, Iowa.
Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene, Iowa.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Charles was born to Verne Roy and Leota (Hearn) Thompson in Charles City, Iowa on June 13, 1950. He grew up on the family farm driving tractors and farm machinery from a young age and had the opportunity to work building roads near Ames, Iowa.
On Sept. 11, 1968 he enlisted in the U.S. Army engineers and served in Vietnam as part of the 572nd light engineers near Bao Loc driving his 6x6 10 ton truck clearing trees and building Highway 20.
Upon discharge from the Army Chuck settled back in Greene, Iowa. A mutual friend set him up on a date with Carolyn Thomason and the two were united in marriage on Jan. 11, 1974. Little did they know the adventure God would take them on when they took their vows. They were blessed with twins Shawn and Dawn on Nov. 15th, 1976.
Chuck enjoyed farming the family farm and welding in his free time. Chuck also worked as a rural mail carrier for the United States Postal Service. He designed and built a couple four-person pedal cars that the family enjoyed together.
On July 4th, 1993 his daughter Dawn died in a car accident within a mile of the family farm triggering Shawn's bipolar disease. Despite difficulty and tragedies in life Chuck and Carolyn had a loving, enduring relationship depending on Christ and supporting each other.
During his retirement Chuck enjoyed reading, going out to movies and concerts and going out to eat with Carolyn till her death Feb. 26th, 2022.
He then moved to Nebraska, living at the Country Lane Assisted Living in O'Neill and spending time with Shawn and wife Kim and his grandchildren Caleb and Genny. He was blessed his remaining seven months getting to see Shawn almost daily and grilling steaks with the family each Sunday night.
What Chuck believed can be summed up in the words spoken by General Robert E. Lee, "I can only say that I am nothing but a poor sinner, trusting in Christ alone for salvation."
Chuck is survived by his son Shawn (Kim) Thompson and his two grandchildren Caleb and Genevieve.
He was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn, daughter Dawn, his parents, one brother Bill Thompson and one sister Jill Gillespie.
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