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Ronald Leroy Thompson

Born: Sun., Jul. 2, 1939
Died: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Thu., Feb. 22, 2018
Location: Whitesitt Funeral Home

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Florence - On Thursday, February 15, 2018 Ronald Leroy Thompson was peacefully carried home in the loving arms of his Savior at the age of 78. Born in Des Moines, Iowa on July 2, 1939 to Cleon and Dorothy Thompson, Ron was the second oldest child of five. He grew up on their family farm, giving him a love for animals and a knack for making things grow that would stay with him throughout his adult life. Ronald married the love of his life, Joyce Lee Edgar, on January 14th, 1972 and during those 46 years, raised ten beautiful children—four from his previous marriage to Linda Wendt and six from his life with Joyce. Ron and Joyce faced life’s trials and tribulations, but they also celebrated life’s triumphs and joys, with a strong faith in the Lord and love for each other. Ron was a businessman of the highest quality, a suave blue-collar type that could talk a squirrel out of a nut; he went from being the youngest person to achieve district manager of a top Insurance company to completely switching trades, several times. He was an entrepreneur through and through and wasn’t afraid to take a risk where he saw potential. He went through a variety of jobs before establishing Thompson Flooring, later re-established as RT Flooring. With persistence, determination, and a perpetually optimistic attitude his flooring business thrived and was, at one point, the largest in Kansas City. He passed this trade on to his children and this flooring legacy did not only provide for his children, but his children’s children and will continue to provide for their grandchildren as long as they are willing to learn the family trade. In the midst of working and taking care of his family, he somehow found time to culminate a variety of hobbies and interest. He loved to attend family reunions and would travel halfway around the country with his caravan of kids just to be present. Family meant everything to him. Motorcycles were one of the hobbies he loved most; he got his first one at the age of eight and never looked back. Gardening was another one of his main interests. Sometimes his garden was only a few square feet and other times it was an acre; he had a green thumb and was known for his huge red tomatoes and golden corn that grew despite the climate. Husband, Father, Grandfather, Friend, he will be remembered as all of these and so much more. He was compassionate, a rock and hero in the midst of all the chaos in the world, an amazing storyteller, and a gentleman beyond compare. Everyone who met him was immediately drawn in, unable to resist his old-fashioned charm and ability to put you so at ease that you felt you could tell him anything. Courageous and forgiving, he was a mentor and confidant to so many. But above all else, he was passionate about his faith in Jesus Christ, and it was his desire for everyone to know the peace, love, grace, and mercy that he found in his Lord and Savior. Ron is survived by his wife: Joyce, his children: Patricia (Kirk) Thompson McFadden, Frank (Kim) Thompson, Rhonda (Bob) Crane, Don (Karen) Thompson, Jason O’Dell, Paul (Ginger) Thompson, Coleen (Jeremy) Hansen, Susan (James) Collins, Hillary Thompson, Charles Thompson, and McKyle Thompson; his brother: Clair Thompson; his sisters: Patrica Welch and Toni Wagler; his sisters-in-law: Theola Thompson and Marleene Thompson; his grandchildren: Michael, TJ, Jesse, Josh, Tim, Stephanie, Jessica, Shannon, Aleisha, Amber, Leah, Myah, Jacob, Kaylin, Austin, Theadora, Gail, Makayla, Bethany, and Jade; his many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Pre-deceased by his parents Cleon and Dorothy Thompson, his brother Leonard Thompson, and his grandchildren Freedom, Lacey, and Ashleigh. The funeral service will be held at Whitesitt Funeral Home, 314 Church Street, Stevensville, MT 59870 on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 1:00 P.M., with a short graveside service following at the Florence-Carlton Cemetery. Per the request of Ron, please donate to www.loveachild.com, his favorite charity, in lieu of flower.

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