Robert Simon Thompson

Robert Simon Thompson

January 17, 1935 – June 9, 2017
Beacon, Iowa | Age 82

Bob Thompson, 82, of Beacon passed away Friday, June 9, 2017, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. Robert Simon Thompson, son of Simon Robert and Grace (Blake) Thompson, was born January 17, 1935, in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Bob attended Beacon and Oskaloosa schools. As a young man, Bob delivered coal to homes in the area and later farmed his parent’s farm on the Beacon Road. On September 29, 1956, Bob married Lucille Ann Loring.

Early on in their marriage, the couple moved to Silvis Heights, IL, near the quad-cities and he worked at the Service Rubber plant in Rock Island, IL. They moved back to Oskaloosa in 1957 and returned to Silvis Heights in 1963. In 1964, they returned to the Oskaloosa area permanently. Around 1970, Bob purchased a garbage business which he operated for about ten years, and then he started a scrap iron recycling business.

Bob enjoyed going to auctions and collecting miniature cars and fire trucks. He was also interested in history, particularly the history of Beacon and the coal mines that were near Beacon. He was a former member of the Moose and Eagles Lodges.

His family includes his wife of 60 years, Lucille of Beacon; his children and their spouses: Joni Bingham of Knoxville, IA, Rick (& Jill) Thompson of Oskaloosa, and Connie (& Ron) Lanphier of Oskaloosa; six grandsons and their spouses: Ryan Thompson, Jeff (& Sarah) Lanphier (they are expecting their first child), Brent (& Krystal) Lanphier, Tyler (& Ana) Lanphier, Jacob Thompson and Slater Thompson; two granddaughters and their spouses: Sadi (& Jamie) Ball and Aby Thompson; one great-grandson, Nathan Thompson; his siblings: Jerry (& Sharon) Thompson and Howard (& Ellen) Thompson, both of Oskaloosa; Becky (& Easman) Poe of Beacon, Margaret Gorman of Lewisburg, Kentucky, and Peggy Bowman of East Moline, Illinois; and an uncle and aunt, George (& Pauline) Blake of Oskaloosa.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his siblings: Jack Thompson, Rodger Thompson and Grace Kennedy.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Beacon Cemetery, near Beacon, with Pastor Dwayne Poe of the Open Bible Church officiating.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the MHP Hospice Serenity House. Garland-Van Arkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.



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