Douglas Allen Thompson, age 86 of Baldwin, passed away February 23, 2013 at the Baldwin Area Medical Center.
Doug was born July 7, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan; the son of Iver and Gena (Hugdahl) Thompson. The family moved back to Wisconsin in the early 1930‘s where Doug attended Clover Leaf Country school just over the hill from the family farm. Doug spent his freshman year in high school in North Dakota working on his uncle, Oscar’s farm and his remaining years of high school in Glenwood City working on his uncle, Roy’s family farm. Doug graduated from Glenwood City High School, the class of 1944. After high school, Doug continued farming until he joined the Navy in January of 1946. He proudly served his country for two years with the Pacific Fleet of the Occupation of Japan. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Doug did some traveling and helped with the wheat harvest in Kansas with his cousin, Alden. He then furthered his education by learning the trade of refrigeration repair at Dunwoody Institute. In 1951, he was united in marriage to Betty Laura Bleed. Their marriage was blessed with three children: Susan, Greg and Robert. In 1953, Doug and his family moved to Baldwin where he established Thompson Refrigeration; a business which served the community for 50 years. Doug was a hard worker who took pride in his community and service to others. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church counsel, served as post commander for the Baldwin American Legion – Post 240 for many years and was actively involved with the county wide Badger Boys State participation. His dedicated service to his community will be fondly remembered.
He is survived by his children: Susan Thompson, Greg (Ingrid) Thompson and Robert (Angela) Thompson; granddaughters, Olivia and Sarah; siblings: Jean Swenby, Eileen Duvall, Linda Mulheron, George (Arlene), Bruce (Diane), Gordon (Audrey), Ralph (Lori), Jerry (Shelda) and Steve (Kay); sisters-in-law, Lois, Dorie and Dorothy Thompson; brother-in-law, Butch Schmidt; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; his parents; sister, Kathy Schmidt; brothers, Stan, Mick, Don and Mark; brothers-in-law, Vearl Swenby and Norman Duvall.
A visitation will take place 4:00 – 8:00 PM Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin, 1010 Newton St. Memorial Services will take place 10:00 AM Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church of Woodville, 221 Lockwood, with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating. Interment with military honors will take place at Sunset Cemetery of Woodville. Memorials are preferred to the Baldwin American Legion, Badger State Fund. Funeral services are entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin (715) 684-3434. www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com