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Palmer Thompson

April 19, 1920 ~ December 23, 2017 (age 97)

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December 29, 2017

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home
1415 Highway 13 North
Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007

Funeral Service
December 30, 2017

10:30 AM
Central Freeborn Lutheran Church
74427 - 245th St
Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007

Funeral services for Palmer J. Thompson will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church.  Rev. Matt Griggs will officiate.  Interment will be at Central Freeborn Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 29, 2017 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church.  Online condolences are welcome at

Palmer died Saturday, December 23, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Community.

Palmer James Thompson was born April 19, 1920, to Herbert and Ida (Hoverson) Thompson. He was a lifelong resident of Freeborn County. He attended the Bell School. On February 15, 1942, he was united in marriage to Marjorie Stacia Lysne. After several moves, Palmer and Marjorie made their home on “the farm” by Clarks Grove. Palmer farmed, dehorned cattle for area farmers, and retired from Wilson’s Meat Packing Plant in 1981. Over the years, Palmer served on the boards for Bayview Funeral Home and Barlow School. He also served on the Central Freeborn Church Council.

He enjoyed his fishing trips in Canada with his brothers, taking part in the Camp Courage Wagon Train, and spending time with family and friends. Stories of his antics, sense of humor, and generosity will live on for years to come.

Survivors include his children, Stacia (Perry) Olson, Steven Thompson (Jan Lowe), Anita Jensen, Craig Thompson (Marita Wolf), Connie (Dan) Williams; grandchildren, Shelly Pearson (Brian Haug), Scott Olson (Colleen), Troy Olson, Debbie (Tad) Angell, Tim (Misty) Olson, Wendy Olson (Troy Schwarting), Mitch (Dana) Thompson, Michelle (Greg) Johannsen, Pat Jensen, Kristin Jensen, Jacob Williams, and Rachel Williams; great-grandchildren, Justen Pearson, Jeremy Pearson (Sarada Pann), Elizabeth Olson, Nick (Amber) Angell, Joey (Rachel) Angell, Alex Angell, Billy Mohn, Cody Olson, Brandon Schwarting, Brittney Schwarting, Mason Schwarting, Davin (Erin) Thompson, Zach (Alyssa) Thompson, Tyler Johannsen (Becca), Betsy (Tory) Stulen, and Taylor Jensen; great-great-grandchildren, Hailey Olson, Madison Anderson, Cadyn, Piper and, Anthem Angell; Carson, Addison, and Cole Thompson; Hunter Pearson; siblings and in-laws, Grace Arneson,  Earl (Bev) Thompson, Paul (Mary) Thompson, David (Marlene) Thompson, Elaine Erickson,  Alice (Al) Friedrich, Maurice (Henrietta) Lysne, Grace (Gerald) Skaar, Ruby Armstrong; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Palmer was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; parents, Herbert and Ida; siblings and in-laws, Howard (Bernice), Everett (Olive), Wally (Helen), Dorothy (Raymond) Jerdee, Carol (Jim) Bottleson, Harriet (Alec) Broskoff, Edith and John Guritz, Doris Wayne, Rebecca and Charles Medd, Sarah and Harold Lunde, and Rachel Lysne.

Special thanks to the employees of Knutson Place, the Meadows, Hospice of Mayo Clinic Health Systems, and St. John’s short-term unit for their care of Palmer.

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