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George "Bud" Howard Thompson

October 18, 1930 July 5, 2023
George "Bud" Howard Thompson
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To know Bud was to love him. George Howard ‘Bud’ Thompson went Home to our Heavenly Father on July 5, 2023, surrounded by his adoring family. He was born in Prophetstown on October 18, 1930, to George and Gladys Thompson. He was educated in Prophetstown schools, and studied Art at Augustana College and the University of New Mexico in Taos. He returned home to take over the family business from his father and owned and managed George Thompson & Son Livestock and Trucking company for 40 years.

On March 4, 1950, he began a 73 year adventure with the love of his life, Shirley Van Damme, who survives him. He is also survived by their two children, Mark (Lorraine) Thompson and Becky Lambert, four granddaughters: Sara (John) Whitbeck, Andrea (Greg Ruff) Thompson, Allison (Ernie) Stone, Hillary (Joe) Burmeister, and 9 great grandchildren: Gracie and Bailey Whitbeck; Zoey and Quinn Ruff; Aletheia, Azariah, Ainesis, and Evangeline Stone; and Lyra Burmeister. He is preceeded in death by his parents and two sisters, Hazel Ackeberg and Leone Pierson.

Bud loved his family, friends, and community. He served others throughout his life as a school board member and president, mayor, county board member, and State Board of Education member. He was a lifelong member of the First Congregational Church and served the church in many capacities, including mission trips. He loved Prophetstown, loved showing the town off to everyone, and served in many local organizations. He donated over 20 gallons of blood and in his final act of service, he donated his body to science at the University of Iowa.

He enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing cards, telling the best jokes, traveling, and swapping tall tales. But his passion was for the arts. He often said the arts are not an extra, they are essential. He loved painting murals and theatrical sets around Ptown and nearby towns, and has murals as far as India. He would share the experience and his love of painting with local high school students, including his granddaughters, and anyone else who would listen.

Because of his love of Prophetstown, his family would be grateful for memorials in his name to be directed to the Prophetstown High School Arts Department, Prophetstown/Lyndon Food Pantry, the Prophetstown Area Historical Society, or any local organization. A celebration of life will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 PM on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at the Prophetstown United Methodist Church in Prophetstown, IL.

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Celebration of Life




2:00 PM 8/26/2023 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 8/26/2023 4:00:00 PM
Prophetstown United Methodist Church

200 W. 2nd Street
Prophetstown, IL 61277

Prophetstown United Methodist Church
200 W. 2nd Street Prophetstown 61277 IL
United States

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