Nov 21, 2012 - StaffRichard Thompson died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at his home in Riverton with his wife and loved ones by his side. He was 79 years old.
At his request cremation has taken place. A memorial service with full military honors will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at Davis Funeral Home. Pastor Aaron Justice will officiate.
Richard Thompson was born Sept. 20, 1933, in Pascagoula, Miss., the son of Alexander and Marie Louise (O'Quinn) Thompson. He spent his younger years in Georgia and Mississippi. He served in the Army.
He married Alice Maria Dutra on Oct. 22, 1957, in Newport, R.I. They lived in Fort Pierce, Fla., before moving to Riverton 40 years ago, where they raised their five children.
Mr. Thompson was known to family and friends as "Gator" or "Digger" and worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Fort Pierce Road Department and the Lucky Mac mine in the Gas Hills.
He also worked on the Alaska Pipeline and in Seattle before retiring.
He was a life member of the NRA, life member of the National Quarter Horse Association, the Winchester Collectors Arms Association, and Local 302 Engineering Union.
His family said he enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, horses, visiting with family and going to the horse pasture each day to meet with Darrell Winfield and other close friends and "tell lies."
He is survived by his wife, Alice; sons Richard Thompson and his wife Lynn of Amarillo, Texas, and Alexander Thompson and his wife Kathleen of Hettinger, N.D.; daughters Becky Wieser and her husband Bill of Riverton, Pam Thompson-Lone Bear and her husband Darrell of Riverton, and Kathleen Svilar and her husband Mike of Riverton; sister Patty Sellers and her husband Bill; grandchildren Amanda Piercy, Lois Piercy, Trey Thompson, Ryan Thompson, Jessie Thompson, Joey Thompson, Kyle Bertrand, Cassity Bertrand, Ander Thompson, Lizzy Thompson, Danny Svilar and Nick Svilar; and great-grandchildren Sebastien Thompson, Kenady Lebsack, Finley Lebsack and Braxton Piercy.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alexander Thompson; mother Marie Quackenbush; stepfather Jess Quackenbush; and brother Michael Quackenbush.
Memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice in care of Davis Funeral Home.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.
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