Terry D. Thomson

April 12, 1950 ~ January 12, 2020 (age 69)


Terry Dean Thomson, age 69, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at the Thomson family farm surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Altru Hospice.

Terry was born April 12, 1950 in Devils Lake, ND to Floyd and Isabel (Stewart) Thomson.  Terry grew up near Southam, ND and attended school in Crary, ND, graduating with the class of 1968.  He attended Lake Region for 2 years studying welding.  On June 1, 1973 he married Arlene Johnson.  Together they spent their first year of marriage working in California.  They returned home to the Lake Region and lived and worked in the Edmore, Southam, and Devils Lake area.  Together they had 3 children, Jamie, Randy, and Amy.  They moved to the Thomson family farm and continued to live there and raise their family as well as raise a variety of animals including Bashkir curly horses, Highlander longhorn cattle, horses and pigs.  Terry worked for Ramsey County as a road maintainer for 36 years, retiring in 2015.  Arlene Thomson passed away February 4, 2001.  On September 13, 2010 Terry married Diane Walker in Devils Lake, ND.  They enjoyed retirement together and dancing whenever they could.

Terry is survived by his wife, Diane; children, Jamie (Shayla) Thomson, Lincoln, ND, Randy (Carlee) Thomson, Cando, ND, and Amy (Mike) Swehla, Grand Forks, ND; 6 grandchildren, Ashlynn Thomson, Jamestown, ND, Brant Thomson, Bismarck, ND, Kaleb, Kole, and Tate Thomson, Cando, ND, and Weston Swehla, Grand Forks, ND; sisters, Glenna Schwab (Allen Adahl) and Lois (Clark) Steinhaus, both of Devils Lake; and also many special cousins, nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters in law, and friends.

Terry is preceded in death by his wife, Arlene; his parents; sister, Lee Halvorson and her husband Delano Halvorson; as well as many relatives and dear friends along the way.

The Funeral Service for Terry will be held at St. Olaf Lutheran Church of Devils Lake, ND, on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.  Burial will be private.  Visitation will be held at the Aaker Funeral Home of Lakota, ND, on Wednesday, beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue at the church on Thursday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Make A Wish Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

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January 15, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Aaker Funeral Home
116 C Avenue West
Lakota, ND 58344

Prayer Service
January 15, 2020

7:00 PM
Aaker Funeral Home
116 C Avenue West
Lakota, ND 58344

Funeral Service
January 16, 2020

10:30 AM
St. Olaf Lutheran Church
601 - 6th Street NE
Devils Lake, ND 58301

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