Keith R. Thompson

Keith R. Thompson, 83, of Forest City and formerly of Clear Lake, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2020, at MercyOne North Iowa Hospice, in Mason City.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Inurnment will take place in Kanawha, Iowa.

Keith Roger Thompson was born Oct. 18, 1936, in Eden Township, Iowa. The son of Silas T. and Irene (Erdal) Thompson. Keith grew up on the family farm in Kanawha. He attended and graduated from Kanawha High School and continued his education at Linotype School. Keith worked at the Mirror Reporter for numerous years as the Linotype operator.

Keith was married to Jean Marie Diesburg, and the couple was blessed with a son, Curtis. The couple later separated.

Keith enjoyed working for the Clear Lake School Systems, spending many days at football games, wrestling meets and basketball tournaments. He looked forward to working the games and earned a “Lifetime Activities Ticket.” Keith retired in 1998.

Keith married Norine Froning, and Keith gained two children, Laurine and Bob. Keith and Norine later divorced.

Keith was a people person who enjoyed time spent socializing. His greatest joy in life was becoming a grandpa, and he looked forward to time spent with all of his grandchildren.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Curt (Dona) Thompson, of Leland, Iowa, Bob Thompson and his family, of Minnesota, and Laurine (Eric) Raker and their family, of West Des Moines; grandchildren, Steve (Stephanie) Thompson and their son, Bradley, Jason Roberts, and Stacey (Scott) Leiber and their son, Carson; a sister, Bonnie Thompson, of Belmond, Iowa; as well as numerous extended family members and friends.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Silas and Irene.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.

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