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Robert E. Thompson

Born: Fri., Aug. 15, 1919
Died: Fri., Jun. 28, 2019


9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Sat., Jul. 06, 2019
Location: LDS Butte St. Chapel

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jul. 06, 2019
Location: LDS Butte St. Chapel

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On Friday, June 28, 2019, Robert Eugene Thompson, our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, husband, brother and friend, passed away in the company of his children and their spouses in Pocatello, Idaho.

He was born on August 15, 1919 to Claude H. and Maud Edna Thompson in Springfield, Illinois, the fourth of six children. At the age of seven, he came with his mother and siblings to Salt Lake City, and they settled as best they could in the valley. He graduated in 1936 from West High School, and began working at ZCMI, where he stayed until he was called on an LDS mission to the Northern States Mission in 1941. Upon his return, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp., where he served until the end of the war. Dad married Donna Elizabeth Cushing, Sept. 12, 1946, and they resided in Salt Lake as Dad started back with ZCMI. In 1950, ZCMI moved him to Idaho to handle the Idaho school supplies area. Mom and Dad chose to live in Pocatello, where they could stay close to their Utah families, but still handle the work. This turned out to be a wonderful decision, as both Mom and Dad grew to love and cherish the wonderful friends and associates that they made in Pocatello, and surrounding parts. He was a remarkable salesman of everything from copy machines and gym bleachers in his early career to Blue Bird school buses for the last 30 years of his career.

Dad was a faithful and committed member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in a number of callings and leadership positions throughout his life. Having said that, the position he loved most was that of “teacher”...where he could look someone in the eye and really communicate.

Dad’s love of music and singing was legendary, and he would sing to anyone who would listen...which always included his family and friends. He was blessed with a photographic memory...which he put to wonderful use memorizing poetry, long sections of Shakespeare plays, and the music of the last century. He was also a remarkable athlete, winning “All-Church” basketball and softball tournaments in the 1940’s; competing in national handball doubles tournaments with his best friend, Marion D. Hanks; winning the Idaho State singles handball tournament 13 times (the last time being when he was 51 years old); and playing golf around the world with his friends and family well into his 80’s.

Dad was preceded to the next life by his wife and beloved companion of nearly 69 years, Donna (July 24, 2015), his infant son, James Scott (January 31, 1964), and his grandson, Andrew AJ” Thompson (January 16, 2019) and great-granddaughters Kathryn Ann Watt (May 5, 1999) and Margaret Elisabeth Watt (Sept. 18, 2003). He is survived by son, R. Duff Thompson (Sharleen) and daughter, Elizabeth Jane Libbie” Lystrup (James), eleven grandchildren and thirty-five great-grandchildren.

The family expresses sincere gratitude to the wonderful hospice care workers of both Encompass Home and Health and Hospice, and Friends and Family Home Health who served Dad for the last weeks of his life. Special thanks is given to Kathleen Matthews and Kaylee and Tom Matthews for their love and care for both Mom and Dad over the past decade and more. We recognize and thank Rebecca Beckstead, Joy Fuda, Evelyn Morin and Michelle Jensen for their care and service over many years. Finally, the entire family honors and gratefully expresses appreciation for the care and keeping provided to Mom and Dad by their loving, dedicated and devoted daughter, Libbie Lystrup and her husband, Jim, over the years and decades...Heaven holds a reward for that kind of faithful, steadfast, selfless service.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 11 am at the Pocatello Highland Ward chapel, 2300 Butte Street, Pocatello, ID with a viewing prior starting at 9:30 am.  

Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, 1520 S. 5th Ave. Pocatello, ID. 

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Stacy Emerine
   Posted Tue July 02, 2019


Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Warmest condolences, PEG Companies

Joy Fuda
   Posted Tue July 02, 2019
I don't know what else to say but it was an honor and a privilege to know your dad. We had a lot in common and I will miss him terribly.I do know he is so happy to be with your mom. I felt like I knew your mom, through your father. God bless you and your family. Love Joy Fuda

Larry & Annette Stoddard
   Posted Wed July 03, 2019
We are thankful to have known your father, as well as your mother, from the first days of our married life together. We loved them as neighbors, friends, and admirers of our first living protege, SiBell. To have our lovely Sibell share her only offspring, Suzette, with the Thompson family brought a friendship based on common love for god’s creations and endeared our families as long time friends. We send our heartfelt appreciation for your father, his goodness, devotion to God and example of loving his companion, and carrying on in spite of the trials and the challenges of mortal life. We send our love. Larry and Annette

Cary and Jorja Baird
   Posted Wed July 03, 2019
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. What a wonderful life he lived and what a great example to us all. Donna is so happy to have him by her side again! May the Lord's choicest blessings be with you all at this time to help and comfort you.
All the best,
Cary and Jorja Baird

Robert & Janet Johnson
   Posted Wed July 03, 2019
We want to express our sincere condolences in the passing of your father. You don't know me, but I am the son of Andrew and Rose Johnson of Arimo. ID. Our parents were the very best of friends. My father was one of the first customers of your fathers Blue Bird customers. At the passing of my father back in 1974, your father cut a business trip short so he could speak at my father's funeral. He had very nice things to say about my father, one that I have reflected on over the years is when your father called, he would often start with a hymn (instead of 'hello'). Occasionally my father would join in with him. I have never taken the opportunity to express my gratitude for that friendship until now. I am extremely grateful for the friendship our parents had with each other. Our thoughts and prayers are with your families during this time.

Sharon and Lynn Crump
   Posted Thu July 04, 2019
We are so thankful to have lived next door to your Father and Mother. We were the most blessed people in the world to have lived next to them and it was an honor and a privilege to be their friends and receive their love and advice. We have missed your Mother and now will miss your Father. We want to express our love and thanks to Libbie and Jim for their thoughtful and loving care of both her Father and Mother for so many years. With all our love, Sharon and Lynn

Greg Hill
   Posted Sun July 07, 2019
Condolences to the Thompson family at the death of Robert. He was a wonderful person and a positive influence on all.

Joy Chivers
   Posted Mon July 08, 2019
So sorry to hear about your dad, Libbie. Just wanted you to know I am thinking of you and know you did an awesome job of taking care of him. My prayers are with you. Joy

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