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Dick (John) Thompson

February 27, 1939 ~ June 15, 2018 (age 79)

Dick attended elementary school at Creekside and High School in Theodore. In grade 9 he decided he knew what he wanted in life. Dick’s Principal at the time wouldn't allow him time off to go help his dad with harvest; he left school and never looked back.

(Dick) John Richardson Thompson, second son of Jim and Lucy Thompson married Shirley Ann Zahaik, daughter of Tony and Jean Zahaik on October 31, 1957. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on October 31, 2017.

"Dr. Dick" had an extreme passion for cattle and a true love for farming. He earned many banners, trophies and plaques over the years, along with countless friendships in the agricultural world that won't be forgotten. He served on the Yorkton Bull Sale Board and was instrumental in making it a success over the years. Although his life would seem full his love for horses could not be left out. He raised many horses on his farm (Wheel-in Polled Herefords). On his 50th birthday Shirley bought him a team of retired Chuckwagon ponies, a wagon and a sleigh. Countless rides with family and friends would always put everyone in a feel good mood.

He loved to play hockey. His junior years started off in Jedburgh before he went off to play with the Theodore Mohawks for the remainder of his playing days. Even after hanging up his skates, love for the game led him to coaching the Theodore Buffaloes, eventually guiding them to a championship title. His grandchildren may be surprised to hear of his unknown talent: playing the drums! Dick played in the Gillis Band for a number of years attending many functions in the community and surrounding area.

Dick and Shirley were blessed with three children, Barbara, Rick and Norma. They are proud of each of them and all their many accomplishments, each of the kids are very different but they all have the same kindness, love and care towards humans and animals just like their dad. The four grandchildren, Sarah, April, Laura and Curtis kept the nest full at the farm spending many days at the farm, being pests to grandpa. He loved to spend time with them and put them to work when it was needed.

Dick was a wonderful caring person, his simple attitude and great sense of humour always left people feeling welcome. Endless stories, discussions, talks about life were shared over a cup of coffee at the farm kitchen table. Dick will surely be missed as no one can fill his spot in his chair.

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