Harold Thompson, 83

Dec. 29, 2021

Harold “Sonny” Luverne Thompson, 83, of Buffalo Lake, formerly Hutchinson, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, surrounded by family at his home in Buffalo Lake. Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart, with interment in the church cemetery. Clergy officiating was the Rev. Paul Wolf. Organist was Bev Wangerin. Song leaders were Bobbi Ludewig and Barb Peterson. Musical selections were “Be Not Afraid,” “Shepherd Me, O God,” “Ave Maria,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “O Loving God” and “How Great Thou Art.” Casket bearers were Matthew Stafford, Mitchell Stafford, Jake Powell, Tyler Powell, Luke Taylor, Connor Taylor and Levi Thompson.

Harold Thompson was born Jan. 8, 1938, in Hamilton County, Iowa. He was the son of Levi and Stella (Kalvig) Thompson and the youngest of seven children. Sonny was baptized as an infant Feb. 13, 1938, in Radcliffe, Iowa, and later confirmed in his faith as a youth in Ames, Iowa. He received his education in Ames, Iowa, and was a graduate with the Ames High School Class of 1956.

Sonny entered active military service in the U.S. Navy July 16, 1956, in Ames, Iowa. He worked as an airplane mechanic and spent part of his tour on Midway Island. He received an honorable discharge July 7, 1960, at U.S. Naval Receiving Station Treasure Island, San Francisco, California, and achieved the rank of E2. Sonny was a member of the Hutchinson American Legion Post 96.

Sonny was united in marriage to Lennie Smith June 9, 1961, at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Ames, Iowa. This marriage was blessed with four children, Jeanne, Jane, Joan and Joe. Sonny and Lennie resided in Ames until they moved to Hutchinson in 1966, where they owned and operated the 7-Hi Motel for over 30 years. Some of the customers and employees remained lifelong friends.

Sonny held many “side” jobs in addition to constantly maintaining and remodeling the motel. Some of those jobs were hot tar roofing, installing carpet, installing windows, parts delivery, and even as a safe cracker. In retirement, Sonny and Lennie started a small painting business. They painted the interiors of many assisted living homes, as well as homes of family and friends until the age of 82! He was also the official “greeter” at Jane’s shop and the customers loved him!

Sonny loved to travel. He took his family on many vacations, including a month-long trip across the western states in a station wagon and visiting family along the way. Another favorite family vacation was going to Ear Falls, Ontario, to fish at his nephew’s outpost cabin every summer. Most of his traveling usually included visiting friends and family along the way, and if there was a casino nearby, all the better. Sonny and Lennie also enjoyed a memorable trip to Alaska, and on their 50th anniversary they took a trip to Hawaii, which was the culmination of all 50 states! Sonny and Lennie also had two wonderful trips to Australia to visit Joe and Kerryn. A few years ago, Sonny was able to go on a bucket-list trip to New York City with his family, which he greatly enjoyed.

Another activity Sonny enjoyed was golfing with friends and family. He didn’t care about his score as much as he enjoyed the laughs and smart talk. He also enjoyed woodworking in his retirement. Sonny made many Adirondack chairs, wooden owls and bird feeders for friends and family. In more recent years he loved his morning coffee spent at the club house with his buddies, laughing, teasing and storytelling. Sonny was a storyteller, and just when you thought you’d heard them all, he’d surprise you with a new one. And of course, he loved his family so much and couldn’t resist teasing the kids, grand kids and great-grand kids to get them to smile and laugh. His goal was to always make you feel at ease, and if he got you to laugh, that was a bonus! Sonny was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Blessed be his memory.

Sonny is survived by his wife Lennie Thompson; children, Jeanne (Tom) Stafford of Eagan, Jane (Craig) Powell of Hutchinson, Joan (Jim) Taylor of Eagan, and Joe (Kerryn) Thompson of Victoria; grandchildren, Matthew (Hannah) Stafford, Marie (Irving) Morales, Mitchell Stafford, Jake (Brooke) Powell, Tyler (Amber) Powell, Luke Taylor, Rita Taylor, Connor Taylor, Levi Thompson, Hayley Thompson, and Cassie Thompson; great-grandchildren, Harper and Hawkins Powell, Zinnia and Ximena Morales, and newly born on Dec. 28, Addison Stafford; sister Dorothy Lenning; many other relatives and friends.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Levi and Stella Thompson; siblings, Leone (Rex) Kuhlman, Pauline (Milo) Sampson, Harlan (Imogene) Thompson, Jeannette (John) Prehm, and Ethel (Bob) Kingkade; brother-in-law Pat Rush; and sister-in-law Barb Smith.

Arrangements by Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book available at hantge.com.