July 31, 2018


A Mass of Christian Burial for 80-year old Jean Marie Thompson of Ida Grove, IA, was conducted Saturday, July 28, 2018, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, of Ida Grov. Father Richard D. Ball \officiated. Committal was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Ida Grove. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of arrangements. Jean died Monday, July 23, 2018 at the Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa.

Jean Marie Thompson was born on October 12, 1937, in Estherville, IA, the daughter of Elmer and Evelyn (Lundeen) Strohman. She graduated from Emmetsburg High School with the class of 1955.

On July 21, 1961, Jean was united in marriage to Gene Thompson at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Emmetsburg, IA. Together they were blessed with five children: Rick, Rob, Randy, Tami and Tera. After raising five children, Jean was employed by the Ida Grove Country Club, Gomaco University and Holmes Motors.

Spending time with her family was very important. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great granddaughter. Jean had a passion for working in her flower beds, feeding birds, cooking, sewing and making afghans for her family and friends. She enjoyed taking walks and playing with her puppies: Nicki, Tango, and Tucker. Jean was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ida Grove. She enjoyed working soup suppers and taught catechism for ten years.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Gene; her parents Elmer and Evelyn Strohman; brothers Chuck Strohman and John Howard Strohman (in infancy).

Left to cherish her memory are her five children: Rick Thompson of Ida Grove, IA, Rob Thompson of Arthur, IA, Randy (Janet) Thompson of Glenwood, IA, Tami (Jack) Smith of Storm Lake, IA and Tera (Jeremy) Parks of Ida Grove, IA; 7 grandchildren: Cody Ehlers, Garret Ehlers, Erica Thompson, Tanner Thompson, Ethan Thompson, Gable Thompson and Gavin Parks; 1 great-granddaughter Brooklyn Michelle Ehlers; 3 brothers: Ted (Linda) Strohman of Emmetsburg, IA, Gary Strohman of Minnesota and Roger (Marcy) Strohman of Emmetsburg, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

The family of Jean Thompson would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Kyle, Marilyn and Jeff Spotts for helping mom when she fell and waiting with her. Also, to Dr. Luft and the staff at Horn Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care.

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