Clarence Richard Thompson, 75, of Eagle Butte died Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at Ft. Meade Medical Center in Sturgis.
Memorial services were held Saturday, July 17 at the All Saints Catholic Church in Eagle Butte, with Fr. Timothy Castor officiating. Burial was in the Eagle Butte Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home.
Clarence Richard Thompson was born December 4, 1928, on a ranch south of Miller, to William and Irene (King) Thompson. He was the second oldest of 11 children.
He left home at the age of 15 and came to Eagle Butte area where he found work at the Diamond A Cattle Co. as a ranch hand.
At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on July 6, 1946, and was honorably discharged on September 28, 1949. He returned to Eagle Butte after his tour and worked for Holloway Brothers.
He married Alva Simon February 4, 1952 at Pierre. Following their marriage they made their home near Eagle Butte. When his father died, they moved to the family ranch south of Miller. They were in that area till 1957, when they moved to Ridgeview, where Richard ran the Standard Oil Bulk Service. In 1963, he built the Little Dakota Truck Stop and Cafe, which they operated until 1968.
Richard then leased a ranch by Ridgeview where he raised cattle and horses and milked cows. During the time Casey Tibbs was making his movie "Born To Buck," Richard ran his horses for him on their lease by LaPlant. He returned to Eagle Butte in 1975 and worked for the Eagle Butte Police Department.
He married Esther LeBeau at Pierre on July 23, 1977. They made their home in Eagle Butte and Richard worked as a truck driver for East-West Motor Express until his retirement in 1997.
Richard loved to watch Rodeo and spend time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Esther, of Eagle Butte; one son Jesse James (JoEllen) Thompson of Gillette, Wyo.; one stepson, Roland (Kris) Garreau of Eagle Butte; two daughters, Sheila (Tim) Westphal of Davis, S.D. and Regina (Dean) Hinzman of Wall; two stepdaughters, Coty Garreau and Pamela Garreau, both of Eagle Butte. One brother, Russell Thompson, of Huron; five sisters, Reva Huffman, Bernice Wahlert and Thelma Parker, all of Huron; Norma Yost of Miller; and Patti Jo Keckler of Eagle Butte; also 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, William and Jeffrey; one brother and three sisters.
Clarence Richard Thompson
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