Funeral Services for Harold W. Thompson, of New Richland, will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Richland. The Rev. Dr. Kristen Venne will officiate. Interment will be in Hartland Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded. Visitation will be one hour before services at the church. Friedrich Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Harold died on Monday, February 3, 2020 at the New Richland Care Center. He was 95.
Harold William Thompson was born on December 12, 1924 in Manchester, MN, the son of Arthur and Caroline (Sibelrud) Thompson. He attended and graduated from Freeborn High School. Harold proudly served in the United States Army during World War II. He served in New Guinea, Philippines, and Korea. Harold served his country for two years. He was in combat for 212 continuous days on the Luzon Island in the Philippines. When he was honorably discharged he received the Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Ribbon with one bronze battle star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze battle star, Overseas Service Bar Army of Occupation Medal, Japan Good Conduct Medal, and the Purple Heart.
On June 30, 1951, Harold married Helen Legried at Hartland Lutheran Church, Hartland, MN. They later made their home in New Richland and were married for 68 wonderful years. Harold was the co-owner of Thompson’s Body Shop in New Richland for 40 plus years. Harold was active in the American Legion, VFW, and the Disabled American Veterans. In his spare time he loved to garden, hunt, fish, camp, and travel. He loved his family very much and was so proud when grandchildren became a part of his life.
Harold is survived by his children: Michelle (Mark) Boelter of Winona, MN, Michael (Jennifer) Thompson of New Richland, MN, and Mitchell (Melissa) Thompson of New Richland, MN; seven grandchildren: Allison and Brandon Boelter of Winona, MN, Sophie and Walker Thompson of New Richland, MN, and Jordan Allen, Braeden and Kaylei Thompson of New Richland, MN, and many nieces and nephews.
Harold was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; his parents, sisters: Alice Rosenthal, Clarice Hendricks, and Mae O’Neal, brothers: James, Arville, George, Vernon, and Elvern Thompson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harry and Stella Legried, sister-in-law Elaine Peterson.