Clayton “Bud” Thompson, 82, of Thief River Falls, MN died on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at his daughter’s residence.

The service to Celebrate Clayton’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. John Golv & Rev. Ale Tulu officiating. Burial will be at Holt Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.  Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service on Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church.

Clayton Thomas Thompson was born January 11, 1937 in Thief River Falls, MN the son of Clayton and Gunda (Matson) Thompson.  He was baptized on January 13, 1938 and confirmed May 13, 1951 into the Lutheran faith. He attended school in Thief River Falls graduating on June 3, 1955. Clayton was lovingly known as “Bud” throughout his life.

On August 15, 1959, Clayton was united in marriage to Barbara VanderWeg at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN.  The couple made their home in Thief River Falls and to this union three children were born, Debra, Vicki and Melanie.

Clayton got an early start in the beekeeping trade by working for his brother-in-law, William Robson. Later, Clayton formed Thompson Brothers Apiaries along with his brother Harold.  They owned and operated the business together until they both retired.

The beekeeping brought them to Texas where they enjoyed many of their winters. Clayton loved working in the outdoors and bee yards. Clayton understood his bees were a Keystone species which he worked into his wonderful gardens & trees. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking, baking, and spending time with his girls and grandchildren.

Clayton always had a love for dogs and currently had Jessi, Bess, Sophie and Gia. They are grieving and missing Bud along with the rest of his family and friends.

He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Sioux Honey Association and was active with Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.

Survivors include his three daughters, Debra (Curt) Howe, Vicki (fiancé John Kinsman) Thompson, and Melanie (Karl) Kvick all of Thief River Falls; grandchildren, Bryan (Jamie) Cleven, Travis (Ellen Minzel) Mathson, Riley Rolling, Savannah Rolling, Madi (Marshall) Greene, Sara Mills, Kris (Christina) Kvick; great-grandchildren, Mercede, Hannah & Connor Cleven, Maura & Elowen Greene, Owen Wellman, Kaden Kvick; John’s daughter, Kelsi Kinsman; sister, Elaine Thorstenson; sisters-in-law, Verna Thompson and Elaine Thompson; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara in 1995; parents; brothers, Orrin, Adrian, Erling & Harold; sisters, Carolyn “Dot” Casavan, Joan Robson & infant, Gloria Thompson.

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