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Plains Obituaries for 12-26-09

Richard D. (Dick) Thompson, 86, of North Platte died Dec. 6, 2009, at Linden Court Nursing Home.

He was born Dec. 20, 1923, to Mabel and T.J. Thompson, in Lincoln, Neb.

He graduated from Jackson High in 1941. While in high school, he earned eight varsity letters in football, basketball, track and baseball. He enrolled in the University of Nebraska in 1942, and was a quarterback on the football team. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

In July of 1943, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was assigned to the V-12 Officer Candidate school at Doane College in Crete, Neb., where he also played quarterback for the Doane football team.

After graduating from the V-12 program, he volunteered for a newly-formed navy commando unit know as the “Scouts and Raiders.” He was sent to Columbia University in New York City where he was taught the Mandarin dialect of the Chinese language. While at Columbia, he was awarded the Admiral’s Sword as the outstanding Midshipman for his class. He was then sent to Fort Pierce, Flo., where he received training in underwater demolition, weapons and commando tactics.

Following his deployment to China and after VJ Day, he was send to Marquette University where he finished his enlistment as its athletic officer and taught judo. He was honorably discharged in June of 1946 with the rank of Lieutenant. He served eight years in the Naval Reserves. He returned to the University of Nebraska and resumed his football career as a quarterback.

On Dec. 18, 1948, he married Margaret (Wylene) Walker originally of Corvalis, Ore. They were married for 44 years.

Following graduation from the University of Nebraska, he took a job teaching science and math at Scottsbluff High School and also coached basketball.

In 1951, he moved to North Platte where he operated a Russel’s Sporting Good Store for several years. He then went to work as a salesman for Balfour and Taylor Publishing, companies for whom he worked until his retirement. He was also engaged in ranching.

He officiated high school football for 43 years and refereed the first Shrine All-Star game in 1959. He officiated football in the Big Eight for six years. In 2001, he was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was a long-time member and officer of the North Platte Lions Club. He appeared in a number of Community Playhouse musicals and plays. He was elected to and served on the Mid Plains Community College board for several terms. He was active in the Episcopal Church, Ducks Unlimited and delivered “Meals on Wheels.” He helped organize the Buffalo Bill/NebraskaLand Days Parade for many years.

Survivors include sons, Bill (Vicki) of Kimball, S.D., Tim (Mary) of North Platte, and Jack of Lincoln; daughter, Susan Budler; seven grandchildren, Dan of Mapleton, Iowa, Sally Van Houten (Tyler) of Manson, Iowa, Doug, Tom and Kate of Kimball, S.D.; and Will and Kelly of North Platte.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wylene in 1992; two brothers, John and Theos; and son-in-law, Tom.

Richard D. (Dick) Thompson, 86, of North Platte died Dec. 6, 2009, at Linden Court Nursing Home.

He was born Dec. 20, 1923, to Mabel and T.J. Thompson, in Lincoln, Neb.

He graduated from Jackson High in 1941. While in high school, he earned eight varsity letters in football, basketball, track and baseball. He enrolled in the University of Nebraska in 1942, and was a quarterback on the football team. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

In July of 1943, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was assigned to the V-12 Officer Candidate school at Doane College in Crete, Neb., where he also played quarterback for the Doane football team.

After graduating from the V-12 program, he volunteered for a newly-formed navy commando unit know as the “Scouts and Raiders.” He was sent to Columbia University in New York City where he was taught the Mandarin dialect of the Chinese language. While at Columbia, he was awarded the Admiral’s Sword as the outstanding Midshipman for his class. He was then sent to Fort Pierce, Flo., where he received training in underwater demolition, weapons and commando tactics.

Following his deployment to China and after VJ Day, he was send to Marquette University where he finished his enlistment as its athletic officer and taught judo. He was honorably discharged in June of 1946 with the rank of Lieutenant. He served eight years in the Naval Reserves. He returned to the University of Nebraska and resumed his football career as a quarterback.

On Dec. 18, 1948, he married Margaret (Wylene) Walker originally of Corvalis, Ore. They were married for 44 years.

Following graduation from the University of Nebraska, he took a job teaching science and math at Scottsbluff High School and also coached basketball.

In 1951, he moved to North Platte where he operated a Russel’s Sporting Good Store for several years. He then went to work as a salesman for Balfour and Taylor Publishing, companies for whom he worked until his retirement. He was also engaged in ranching.

He officiated high school football for 43 years and refereed the first Shrine All-Star game in 1959. He officiated football in the Big Eight for six years. In 2001, he was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was a long-time member and officer of the North Platte Lions Club. He appeared in a number of Community Playhouse musicals and plays. He was elected to and served on the Mid Plains Community College board for several terms. He was active in the Episcopal Church, Ducks Unlimited and delivered “Meals on Wheels.” He helped organize the Buffalo Bill/NebraskaLand Days Parade for many years.

Survivors include sons, Bill (Vicki) of Kimball, S.D., Tim (Mary) of North Platte, and Jack of Lincoln; daughter, Susan Budler; seven grandchildren, Dan of Mapleton, Iowa, Sally Van Houten (Tyler) of Manson, Iowa, Doug, Tom and Kate of Kimball, S.D.; and Will and Kelly of North Platte.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wylene in 1992; two brothers, John and Theos; and son-in-law, Tom.

Richard D. (Dick) Thompson, 86, of North Platte died Dec. 6, 2009, at Linden Court Nursing Home.

He was born Dec. 20, 1923, to Mabel and T.J. Thompson, in Lincoln, Neb.

He graduated from Jackson High in 1941. While in high school, he earned eight varsity letters in football, basketball, track and baseball. He enrolled in the University of Nebraska in 1942, and was a quarterback on the football team. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

In July of 1943, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was assigned to the V-12 Officer Candidate school at Doane College in Crete, Neb., where he also played quarterback for the Doane football team.

After graduating from the V-12 program, he volunteered for a newly-formed navy commando unit know as the “Scouts and Raiders.” He was sent to Columbia University in New York City where he was taught the Mandarin dialect of the Chinese language. While at Columbia, he was awarded the Admiral’s Sword as the outstanding Midshipman for his class. He was then sent to Fort Pierce, Flo., where he received training in underwater demolition, weapons and commando tactics.

Following his deployment to China and after VJ Day, he was send to Marquette University where he finished his enlistment as its athletic officer and taught judo. He was honorably discharged in June of 1946 with the rank of Lieutenant. He served eight years in the Naval Reserves. He returned to the University of Nebraska and resumed his football career as a quarterback.

On Dec. 18, 1948, he married Margaret (Wylene) Walker originally of Corvalis, Ore. They were married for 44 years.

Following graduation from the University of Nebraska, he took a job teaching science and math at Scottsbluff High School and also coached basketball.

In 1951, he moved to North Platte where he operated a Russel’s Sporting Good Store for several years. He then went to work as a salesman for Balfour and Taylor Publishing, companies for whom he worked until his retirement. He was also engaged in ranching.

He officiated high school football for 43 years and refereed the first Shrine All-Star game in 1959. He officiated football in the Big Eight for six years. In 2001, he was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was a long-time member and officer of the North Platte Lions Club. He appeared in a number of Community Playhouse musicals and plays. He was elected to and served on the Mid Plains Community College board for several terms. He was active in the Episcopal Church, Ducks Unlimited and delivered “Meals on Wheels.” He helped organize the Buffalo Bill/NebraskaLand Days Parade for many years.

Survivors include sons, Bill (Vicki) of Kimball, S.D., Tim (Mary) of North Platte, and Jack of Lincoln; daughter, Susan Budler; seven grandchildren, Dan of Mapleton, Iowa, Sally Van Houten (Tyler) of Manson, Iowa, Doug, Tom and Kate of Kimball, S.D.; and Will and Kelly of North Platte.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wylene in 1992; two brothers, John and Theos; and son-in-law, Tom.

Richard D. (Dick) Thompson, 86, of North Platte died Dec. 6, 2009, at Linden Court Nursing Home.

He was born Dec. 20, 1923, to Mabel and T.J. Thompson, in Lincoln, Neb.

He graduated from Jackson High in 1941. While in high school, he earned eight varsity letters in football, basketball, track and baseball. He enrolled in the University of Nebraska in 1942, and was a quarterback on the football team. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

In July of 1943, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was assigned to the V-12 Officer Candidate school at Doane College in Crete, Neb., where he also played quarterback for the Doane football team.

After graduating from the V-12 program, he volunteered for a newly-formed navy commando unit know as the “Scouts and Raiders.” He was sent to Columbia University in New York City where he was taught the Mandarin dialect of the Chinese language. While at Columbia, he was awarded the Admiral’s Sword as the outstanding Midshipman for his class. He was then sent to Fort Pierce, Flo., where he received training in underwater demolition, weapons and commando tactics.

Following his deployment to China and after VJ Day, he was send to Marquette University where he finished his enlistment as its athletic officer and taught judo. He was honorably discharged in June of 1946 with the rank of Lieutenant. He served eight years in the Naval Reserves. He returned to the University of Nebraska and resumed his football career as a quarterback.

On Dec. 18, 1948, he married Margaret (Wylene) Walker originally of Corvalis, Ore. They were married for 44 years.

Following graduation from the University of Nebraska, he took a job teaching science and math at Scottsbluff High School and also coached basketball.

In 1951, he moved to North Platte where he operated a Russel’s Sporting Good Store for several years. He then went to work as a salesman for Balfour and Taylor Publishing, companies for whom he worked until his retirement. He was also engaged in ranching.

He officiated high school football for 43 years and refereed the first Shrine All-Star game in 1959. He officiated football in the Big Eight for six years. In 2001, he was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was a long-time member and officer of the North Platte Lions Club. He appeared in a number of Community Playhouse musicals and plays. He was elected to and served on the Mid Plains Community College board for several terms. He was active in the Episcopal Church, Ducks Unlimited and delivered “Meals on Wheels.” He helped organize the Buffalo Bill/NebraskaLand Days Parade for many years.

Survivors include sons, Bill (Vicki) of Kimball, S.D., Tim (Mary) of North Platte, and Jack of Lincoln; daughter, Susan Budler; seven grandchildren, Dan of Mapleton, Iowa, Sally Van Houten (Tyler) of Manson, Iowa, Doug, Tom and Kate of Kimball, S.D.; and Will and Kelly of North Platte.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wylene in 1992; two brothers, John and Theos; and son-in-law, Tom.


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