Charles Clinton Thompson, 94

Published 11:08 am Friday, March 13, 2015

Charles Clinton Thompson, 94, of Austin, died Thursday, March 12, 2015, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home, Austin.



He was born June 21, 1920, in Austin, Minnesota, to Andrew Clarence and Judith Ronellie (Aldahl) Thompson. He graduated from Austin High School in 1939. On June 18, 1943, Charles married Betty Raimer. They were blessed with five children. Betty passed away on Feb. 6, 1979. On Aug. 8, 1981, Charles and Irene Feldt Ellingson were united in marriage in Austin, Minnesota. Charles made his living operating the family farm one mile west of Corning, Minnesota. A member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, Charles also belonged to The Gideons International and the Sons of Norway. He enjoyed farming, spending time in his workshop, visiting with family members, researching his genealogy, playing cards, fishing, having conversations in Norwegian, and traveling with his wife Irene.

Charles is survived by his wife Irene Thompson of Austin, Minnesota; his children: Barry (Mary) Thompson of Austin, Minnesota, Rodney (Janelle) Thompson of Oakland, Minnesota, Charlane (Mike) Benson of Walker, Minnesota, Rhonda (Brooks) Heimer of Henderson, Nevada, and Scott (Brenda) Thompson of Austin, Minnesota; 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; his brother Sylvester (Bernice) Thompson; and his sister Selma (Harvey) Lysne, both of Austin, Minnesota.

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He was preceded in death by his parents Andrew Clarence and Judith Ronellie Thompson; his first wife Betty Thompson; and his sister Agnes Anderson.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2015, at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church in rural Austin with Pastor Lindsay Stolen officiating. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, at Worlein Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday. Interment will be in Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to The Gideons International. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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