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Friday December 29th, 2017
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Saturday December 30th, 2017

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Palmer Thompson

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 www.bayviewfuneral.com

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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Two things I remember about Palmer...one was his kindness and the other was his great laugh. I loved hearing his laughter. It was distinctive....just like him

Carol Riemer Dec 30 2017 12:00 AM

I remember Palmer and Marjorie from many occasions with my Grandma Becky Medd. He was such a kind and caring man. I wish you all peace. Now he is at home with Marjorie.

Jackie Halsey (Medd) Dec 30 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Palmer Thompson

Angela and Gerry Cecci Dec 30 2017 12:00 AM

So many fond memories. All who knew him were blessed.

Angela Cecci Dec 30 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Palmer Thompson

Marie DeGennaro and Rick Mammel Dec 29 2017 12:00 AM

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A SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent on December 29, 2017

Thinking of your family, wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow and comfort in the midst of pain. Palmer was a special person and we loved him and his wonderful sense of humor. Zetta Skaar Smith & family Caroline Skaar-Page & family Christina Skaar & Greg Carter

Expression of Sympathy Dec 29 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss.You are in our prayers.
Loretta and Randy Anderson and Cindy Parry Anderson

Loretta Anderson Dec 29 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Palmer Thompson

Scott Olson, Colleen & Claire Dec 28 2017 12:00 AM

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to never die.

Al Batt Dec 28 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Palmer Thompson

Diane Hoseck Dec 28 2017 12:00 AM

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