I received word from his student, Roger Hansen, that his Vo Ag teacher had passed away.
He taught three years at MHS from 1960 through 1963.
I like to include teachers who taught here in my Manning database, even if they move away.
Since Luther is a Veteran I will also include him in the Manning Veterans' history book.

So if anyone knows about the passing of a Manning teacher, please let me know.

The scary thing is, as soon as I saw his picture on the funeral home site, I recognized him - I would have only been 7 years old...he hasn't changed much in the face.

In Memory of Luther H. Thompson

Luther Thompson

Luther H. Thompson, the son of Clarence Luther and Dorothy (Gass) Thompson, was born August 12, 1934, in Oldfield, Missouri. He passed into the loving arms of his Lord on December 6, 2019, at Community Hospital - Fairfax, Fairfax, Missouri, at the age of 85.

After moving to Southwest Iowa in 1936, Luther spent his youth attending Alma Mater Country School, south of Shenandoah, Iowa, and graduated from Farragut, Iowa, High School in 1952. He spent his youth playing sports and working on the farm. Luther accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior as a young man and was baptized into the Christian faith.

On March 2, 1953, Luther entered into the United States Navy, and served his country aboard the U.S.S. Cayuga County and the U.S.S. Walter B. Cobb. He left the US Navy with honors on February 21, 1957.

On July 21, 1957, Luther married Margaret Jane Elliott, the love of his life, at the United Methodist Church in Farragut. They recently enjoyed their 62nd wedding anniversary.

In 1960, Luther received his Bachelor's degree in Vocational Agricultural from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, and for the next three years, he taught Vo-Ag in Manning, Iowa from 1960 through 1963.

In 1963, Luther and Jane moved to Rock Port, Missouri. Here they raised their three children, Doug, Mark, and Susan. Rock Port was home for the rest of his life, and he loved supporting and encouraging his children in their many activities. He was a tireless worker, but always found the time to teach and play sports and games with his children, and was a supportive and passionate audience at his children's events.

Upon arrival in Rock Port, Luther also began a career in banking at the Bank of Atchison County. Luther furthered his education, completing the Graduate School of Banking in 1971. He retired from the Bank of Atchison County after 30 years, having served as Bank President from 1979 to 1993.

Luther loved his community and was always happy to help organize, participate, and administrate in several organizations, including Rock Port City Council, Fair Oaks Senior Housing board, Rotary Club (District Governor 1997), Community Hospital -Fairfax volunteer, and Missouri Bankers Association (President 1990-1991). Luther's church and his friends there were so important to him, and he enjoyed serving on many committees and endeavors at Rock Port United Methodist Church, even participating in the hand bell choir!

A compassionate, caring, and loving soul, Luther was first and foremost a family man, pouring his heart into his family. His wisdom, advice, and timely sense of humor was appreciated by his family and friends alike. He was good at pointing people in the right direction; a common parting remark to his cherished children and grandchildren was "Keep on doing the good things". He was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by all of the lives he touched: His family, church, community, and many, many friends, and acquaintances.

Besides his parents, Luther was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Thompson, and sister, Mary Jane Johnson.

Survivors include his wife, Jane, Rock Port; children, Doug (Ginny), Boone, Iowa; Mark (Patty), Gladstone, Missouri; and Susan (Bob) Gardner, Shawnee, Kansas; six grandchildren, Mitchell and Morgan Thompson, Travis and Gentry Gardner, Josh and Mark Peters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 11, 2019, United Methodist Church, Rock Port, Missouri.
Interment: Greenhill Cemetery, Rock Port.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 10th, at Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port.
Memorials may be directed to United Methodist Church, 208 W. Opp St., Rock Port, MO 64482.
Arrangements: Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port.

1961 Junior & Senior members FFA

Third: Allen Ehlers, Mahlon Lamp, Roger Kuhl, Ron Odendahl, Gerald Handlos
Second: Gordell Lamp, Pat Kasperbauer, Roger Hansen, Fred Nulle, Terry Doyel, Luther Thompson
Front: Ken Boell, Dale Koester, Ken Venteicher, Lowell Jahn, Russell Witt, Dean Grimm, Denny Frahm

Teachers 1960-1965 High School: Keith Aikin, William Baley, Charles Brotherton, Sam Danker, Robert Downs, Ruth Eich, Tom Fogarty, Roberta Goemaat, Edward L. Henkenius, Shirley Henney, Harvey Hofkamp, Jean Hudson, Gerald Huldeen, Charles Hummer, Virginia Hummer, Jackson Ideen, Duane Jansen, Chet Johnson, Dale Johnson, Letha Johnson, Judy Jurschak, Ruby Knudson, Bill Larson, Kenneth Laverty, Robert Leahy, Ron Leitschuck, Kenneth Loats, Carol Mast, Sam Mast, Robert Melick, Jo Molitor, Louis Muhlbauer, John Pierson, Diana Rosenada, Larry Rowedder, Christine Sanders, Gladys Schmidt, Luther Thompson, Rod Wilbeck, Fred Willman

Junior High: Duane Boersma, Charles Brotherton, Harold Buringrud, William Dranselka, Dorothy Groteluschen, Oliver T. Himley, Roy Karbula, Donald Klinker, Karen Larson, Carol Mast, Stanley Rice, Ila Rix, Betty Rupiper

Elementary: Helen Adamson, Grace Andresen, Elaine Baley, Judy Boersma, Vivian Boyd, Irma Bromert, Lester Buck, Carole Carpenter, Virginia Dethlefs, Carol Drees, Carol (Schmidt) Grau, Sharon Grimm, Dorothy Groteluschen, Lorraine Himley, Sally (Haworth) Hodne, Jane Hofkamp, Louise Koester, Beverly Leahy, Ruby Magnussen, Kay McDowell, Robert Meyer, Theodora Mick, Donna Muth, Joyce Narigan, Ila Mae Nilson, Margaret Ohde, Hazel Prosch, Lois Rice, Colene Rowedder, Golda Sander, Janet Schultz, Dolores Sextro, Janet Sizer, Ruth Soper, Theo Ann Sortedahl, Carl Spaur, Eunice Templeton, Rita Zerwas, Dorothy Zimmerman

1961 Freshman & Sophomore members FFA

Third: Lyle Zinke, Jim Hansen, LeRoy Joens, Pat Knueven, Fred Gruhn, Luther Thompson
Second: Jerry Hockett, Duane Karsten, Raymond Hagedorn, Kenny Zubrod, Roger Schroeder, Ron Nissen
Front: Ken Spies, Russell Stribe, Paul Vogl, Calvin Stammer, Don Mathisen, Merlin Frahm, Duane Rohe

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