Laurence Thompson

Laurence Thompson,

91, Minot, ND, formerly of

Glenburn, ND, passed

away Friday, July 8, 2016,

in a Minot hospital.

Laurence Thompson

was born September 28,

1924, the son of Norwegi-

an immigrants Olie and

Martha (Ovrevik) Thomp-

son, on the family farm in

Prescott Township, Ren-

ville County, Glenburn,

ND. He was raised and

educated in Glenburn and

graduated from Glenburn

Public School in 1943.

After the death of his fa-

ther, Laurence took over

farming the family farm at

the age of 17. He also be-

came interested in church

work and began singing

for weddings, which he

sang for all three of his

daughters and also for

funerals. Laurence also

held office as the town-

ship supervisor and

several positions in the

church throughout the


Laurence sold the dairy

cows in 1948, due to a

lack of pasture. He also

bought the Glenburn

Hardware Store in Janu-

ary of 1948, which he

owned and operated until

June of 1950. In 1950,

Laurence also bought

some pasture land and re-

turned to farming and

raising cattle.

Laurence married Opal

Grondahl on June 27,

1948 in Glenburn. They

made their home in the

rural Glenburn area. From

this union, three

daughters were born: Peg-

gy, Phyllis and Donna


Laurence attended

Veterinary School in the

late 1960s. He then went

into the cattle handling

equipment business in


In 1975 Laurence was

diagnosed by two dif-

ferent doctors with

farmer’s lung and was ad-

vised to slow down. Fol-

lowing doctors’ advice,

Laurence and Opal ex-

changed homes with their

daughter Phyllis and

son-in-law, Steve, and

moved to Minot in 1976.

They built their first

house in 1976 and lived

there until 1979. They

went on to build two

more homes and moved

into the second one in


He retired from farming

in 1982, and turned the

entire farming operation

over to Phyllis and Steve.

In 1985, Laurence suf-

fered a heart attack.

Laurence made four visits

to Norway to see family

and friends. In 1995 Opal

and his daughters were

able to travel with him as

well. They also traveled to

several states and Canada.

Over the years,

Laurence was a member

of Our Savior’s Lutheran

Church in rural Glenburn,

Hope Lutheran Church of

Glenburn, Zion Lutheran

Church and Christ Luth-

eran Church of Minot.

Laurence and Opal were

members of the Saka-

kawea Good Sam RV

Club. In addition he was

active with the Magic City

Lions, Golden Kiwanis,

Eagles Club, Elks Club

and the Sons of Norway.

In 1991, he joined the

Scandinavian Heritage

Association. He volun-

teered as the Chairman of

creating the Danish Mill,

waterfall and the road

signs advertising for the

Scandinavian Heritage

Park. Laurence also

worked as a funeral ser-

vice assistant for Thomp-

son-Larson Funeral Home

for a time and was a

volunteer at Trinity Hos-

pital of Minot. He was an

avid sports fan and fol-

lowed Minot High School

Sports and Minot State

University sporting events

enthusiastically, as well

as class B basketball.

After two more heart at-

tacks in 2010 and 2011,

Laurence and Opal decid-

ed to sell their house and

move to a home with less

yard maintenance. They

moved into a condomini-

um in 2012, for health

reasons they moved in

July of 2015 to assisted

living at Somerset.

After retirement,

Laurence took up the hob-

by of woodworking. He

worked with mainly oak

wood, and enjoyed creat-

ing a number of projects.

Over the years Laurence

and Opal volunteered at

several nursing homes by

singing and playing

music; an experience that

he found to be truly re-


Surviving family in-


wife of 68 years, Opal

Thompson, Minot; Chil-

dren: Peggy (Dr. Bruce)

Hetland, Bismarck, ND,

Phyllis (Steve) Eldevik,

Glenburn, ND, Donna

Jean (Arden) Hetland,

Montgomery, TX; Eight

grandchildren: Eric Het-

land, Dr. Andrew (Melis-

sa) Hetland, Scott (Ange-

la) Hetland, Nick Hetland,

Brent Eldevik, Angela

(Kyle) Simonson, Laura

(Ritchey) Wheeler, Kristen

(Jordan) Porter; Eleven

great-grandchildren: Brett,

Annalise, Nathaniel,

Harper, Myles, Reid,

Matthew, Jacob, Shelden,

Wyatt, and Waylon;

numerous nieces,

nephews and cousins

Laurence was preceded

in death by his parents;

grandson, Bradley James

Hetland; brother, Tilman

(Marguerite) Thompson;

sisters, Clara (Cliff) Grif-

fin, Louise (Shorty)

Marum, Pearl (Lester)

Christianson and Mae

(Stuart) Olson.

Funeral: Wednesday,

July 13, 2016, at 11:00 am

at Christ Lutheran

Church, Minot, ND.

Graveside Service:

Wednesday at 1:30 pm at

Sunset Memorial Gar-

dens, Minot, ND.

Visitation: Tuesday

from 2 until 6 pm at

Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home, Minot, ND,

with the family receiving

visitors from 4 until 6 pm.

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