Darrel Leroy Thompson, 80 of Long Prairie was called home to eternal life on Thursday, December 1, 2022. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, December 10, 2022, from 1-5 pm at his son’s residence 24700 220th Street, Long Prairie.
Darrel was born June 4, 1942, in Little Falls to Orval and Mamie (Wedin) Thompson and lived in Upsala until he graduated in 1960. After graduation, he traveled to Bisbee, Arizona where he met RoseMary Luna and they were married in 1963. He worked at the Bisbee Daily Review until they moved to Long Prairie in 1969 and Darrel went to work at Hart Press as a cameraman.
Darrel enjoyed many things in life: metal detecting, stamps, trains, woodworking, small engine repair, coin collecting, drawing, painting, all sports, casino, single hook knitting, jewelry making, and chain mail. He also had positive words and gave out words of encouragement. Above all, Darrel was a family man who got the most enjoyment from family get-togethers.
Darrel is survived by his children: LeRoy (Amy) Thompson, Linda (Dan) Demarais, Trisha (Scott) Niemeyer, Chuck (Patty) Thompson, and Cory Olson; his siblings: Jim (Laurie) Thompson, and MaryLou Theisen; grandchildren: Tiffany (Kurt) Ritter, Ryan (Janelle) Thompson, Amanda (Eric) Hennington, Adam Thompson, Jessica Uter, Nick Uter, Tyler Thompson, and Ashley (Brent) Thompson; great-grandchildren: Kaydence, Jax, Gabby, Elias, and Jameson.
He is preceded in death by his wife RoseMary, son Larry Thompson, and his parents Orval and Mamie Thompson.