• The family suggests that memorial contributions be given to:
  • Woodbine Fire & Rescue
    414 Walker Street
    Woodbine, IA 51579
  • Logan Fire & Rescue
    112 North 3rd Avenue
    Logan, IA 51546

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“I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Don. I will always have fond memories of him and our times in Iowa. My thoughts are with you all at this time. ...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Susan Riordan Carter - Windsor, CO

“Elaine and Kim, Jim, Dawn and Jerry, So sorry I couldn't be there with you. My thoughts are with you all. Love to all, Betty ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Betty Riordan - Grayslake, IL

“Dawn, Jerry & family, I am so sorry for your loss. May you keep the good memories close to your heart. I pray you will find the strenght within to...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Cindy Rahmann - Omaha, NE

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jerry and Catherine and all of your family during this difficult time. May you all find the strength and comfort...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: IVFD member - Omaha, NE - Friend

“Our thoughts are with your family during this time. ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: REM Iowa Community Services - IA

“Elaine and Family, With Deepest Sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Mark and Dinah Vandemark ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Dinah - Logan, IA - friend

“We're holding you in our thoughts and prayers, and wishing you God's peace and comfort in the coming days. Jim and Lois Andersen & family ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Lois Andersen - Woodbine, IA

“Dear Elaine and Family, Our sincere love and prayers go out to all of you! Our condolences John and Leia Johnsen and Family ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Leia - woodbine, IA - friend


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Donald Earle Thompson was born July 6, 1939, to Earle and Gladys (Smith) Thompson in Woodbine, Iowa. He was raised in Woodbine and graduated from Woodbine High School in 1957. Don proudly served his country in the United States Army Reserves as a mechanic at Fort Smith in Arkansas. After his honorable discharge he returned to Woodbine to farm. He then started his career as an over-the-road trucker as well as a local trucker. He trucked through 40 different states. Don married Marva Baxter in December of 1962 and the couple was blessed with four children. On December 7, 1980, Don married Elaine (Hodges) Caddell and the couple made their home in Woodbine.

Don enjoyed hunting for deer and mushrooms. He also enjoyed playing cards ~ especially euchre, pinochle and cribbage.

Don died on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Community Memorial Hospital in Missouri Valley, Iowa at the age of 72 years, seven months, and 20 days.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, John Riordan. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Thompson of Woodbine, Iowa; four children, Kim Gibb, Dawn (Andy) David all of Omaha, Nebraska, James (Brenda) Thompson of Onawa, Iowa, Jerone (Catherine)Thompson of Omaha, Nebraska; ten grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two step sons, Jerry Caddell of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Larry (Deb) Caddell of Woodbine, Iowa; six step grandchildren; two step great grandchildren; two sisters, Donna (Mel) Doty of Oelwein, Iowa, Doris Riordan of Huntley, Illinois; and many other relatives and friends.