Robert “Bob” Dale Thompson, 69, died Nov. 7 in Harrisburg with his wife and loving family at his side.
Thompson was born April 10, 1948, in Portland, to Luther Thompson of Bates and Edna Thompson of Echo. Around age 3, the family moved to Monroe. Thompson attended school in Monroe until he decided to join the U.S. Navy during his senior year. He served in the Navy from 1966 to 1969. While in the Navy, he received his GED. He was very proud of that and for serving his country. He left the Navy in April 1969, and soon after he met his future wife, Helen (Kelso). The couple were married July 18, 1969.
They made their home in Harrisburg, where they raised their family. He worked at AmericanCan Paper Mill in Halsey from 1974 to 2007. After retiring, the couple started RVing and loved to travel, visiting family and friends and fishing — Thompson loved to fish.
Thompson is survived by his loving wife, Helen, of 48 1/2 years; daughter Delisa Magelky and husband, Martin; son Rob Thompson and wife, Christa; sisters Sharon Wilson of Cottage Grove and Carolyn Ballard of Monroe; brothers Tom Thompson and wife, Barbara, of Monroe and Ron Thompson and wife, Vicki, of Alpine; cousins Wanda Madsen and Marlene Woodley of Prairie City and Judd Olp of Harrisbug; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his brothers-in-law Buck Putney of Bellfountain and Lynn Wilson of Cottage Grove.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the new gym building beside Monroe High School; a lunch will follow. Donations can be made to the Bellfountain Community Church, Bellfountain, Oregon. Arrangements are entrusted to Murphy-Musgrove Funeral Home. People may sign the guestbook at musgroves.com.