Robert “Bob” Thompson


Monday, July 20


Robert James Thompson was born on Oct. 2, 1934, on the family farm near Hurley to Harry and Mayme (Peterson) Thompson. Bob was always a rather inquisitive child with an aptitude for math. He attended grade school in Hurley and graduated from Hurley High School in 1952. He was baptized as an infant at the Hurley United Methodist Church and confirmed as a young adult.

Following high school, he served in the U.S. Air Force. He was first stationed near Albuquerque, N.M. He was later transferred to Rushmore AFB adjacent to Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, where he worked on highly sensitive projects that he could not even share with his immediate family. 

While still in the service, on Apr. 21, 1954, he was united in marriage to Geraldine “Gerry” Plath at the Hurley United Methodist Church. To this union, three children were born Linda, Diane and Randi.

They returned to Turner County in 1956 to begin farming in Spring Valley Township. In 1965 they moved to Gerry’s home place where he farmed and lived until his death. His son, Randi, later joined him in the farming operation. He was an excellent farmer and for many years produced South Dakota certified soybean seed for area farmers.

Bob had many interests, including fishing, hunting and trapping and he was a talented bowler, participating in many bowling leagues. An excellent athlete, Bob was most widely known for his prowess on the softball diamond. He was an outstanding pitcher and infielder. Over his 40-year softball career played for many great fast-pitch softball teams in South Dakota, including Ellsworth AFB, Brass Rail, Freeman Blues, Davis Elevator, Pearson City and others. His fabulous career culminated when he and his best friend, Harvey Wollman, were both inducted into the South Dakota Softball Hall of Fame in 1997. Bob also played amateur baseball in his younger years. A highlight three years ago was watching his favorite baseball team was the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Bob was an active member of the Hurley American Legion and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He took particular pride in his children and grandchildren’s activities.

Grateful for having shared his life are his children, Linda and husband Calvin Graber, Hurley; Diane Thompson, Sioux Falls; and Randi Thompson and wife Christi, Hurley. He also leaves seven grandchildren: Tracy, Kayla, Katelyn, Amy, Angela, Chelsea and Cody; 13 great-grandchildren and a sister, Deloris Ricci and husband Rick, LeMars, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Gerry in 1998 and grandson Ryan Graber in 2009.

Memorials may be given to the Ryan Graber Memorial 4-H Scholarship that is awarded annually at the Turner County Fair.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 24 at United Methodist Church, Hurley with burial and military rites at the Hurley Cemetery. 

Arrangements provided by Hofmeister Jones Funeral Home.

Comments are closed.

  • Monica Griebel

    22 hours ago

    53 Tuesday, Jan. 12 Sioux Falls Monica Griebel was born on Sept. 15, 1967. She was adopted on Sept. 25, […]

    Lyle Willard Moege

    January 14th, 2021

    62 Hurley Wednesday, Jan. 6 Lyle Willard Moege was born on July 20, 1958 at Parkston to Willard and Florence […]

    Nancy Ward

    January 7th, 2021

    68 Centerville Thursday, Dec. 17 Nancy was born in Peoria, Ill. on March 19, 1952 to H. Richard and Betty […]

    Ervin Schimkat

    January 7th, 2021

    99 Sunday, Dec. 20 Port St Lucie., Fla. He was born in Freeman on May 19, 1921. He was one […]

    Alice L. Brue

    January 7th, 2021

    96 Friday, Dec. 25 Madison Alice Lorraine Skalland was born on April 4, 1924 at Garretson to Isaac and Nana […]

  • Berneta Nogelmeier-Berens

    December 29th, 2020

    89 Friday, Dec. 25 Parker Berneta Faye Plucker was born on Jan. 15, 1931, near Chancellor, with her twin sister, […]

    Daniel J. Ketcham

    December 23rd, 2020

    59 Lennox Friday, Dec. 18 Daniel Joseph Ketcham was born on May 25, 1961 to Earl and Dorothy (Kueter) Ketcham […]

    Joyce Jensen

    December 23rd, 2020

    73 Viborg Friday, Dec. 18 Joyce Ann was born on Oct. 15, 1947 in McKennan Hospital at Sioux Falls to […]

    Kathleen Roth

    December 23rd, 2020

     88 Sioux Falls Friday, Dec. 18 Kathleen spent her childhood years in Belle Fourche and Igloo.  She raised her five […]

    Kilmer Christensen

    December 23rd, 2020

    85 Tuesday, Dec. 15 Viborg Chris Kilmer Christensen was born on Dec. 17, 1934 near Viborg to Chris and Sena […]

  • What’s Happening

    Parker librarian finds ways to engage community safely

    Julia Johnson | Staff Intern Walk into the Parker library any day of the week pre-pandemic and you may find […]

    Building eligibility granted in Bousfield addition

    Dawn Rye | Writer During last week’s planning and zoning meeting, a motion was made to quick claim deed property […]

    Parker places second in Mitchell