Rodney “Rod” Thompson
Rodney “Rod” Thompson, 55, rural Scarville, passed away unexpectedly Monday, April 13, 2020 at his home. Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will not be having a public memorial at this time. A family memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 16, at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, Lake Mills, with Mr. Kermit Singelstad officiating. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date. Rod’s service will be streamed live on the Mittelstadt Funeral Home Facebook page.
Rodney Laverne Thompson was born June 28, 1964 in Albert Lea, Minn., to parents Gordon and Linda (Lawrence) Thompson. He was baptized and confirmed at Emmons Lutheran Church and graduated from Emmons High School in 1983.
In September of 1986, Rod was married to Lori Baumann at Emmons Lutheran Church. The couple had three children: Kacy (who died at birth), Kayla and Codi. Their marriage later ended in divorce, but that gave Rod more time to hunt and fish,
Rod had been employed at Universal Circuits/Dielectric Corp. in Lake Mills as the maintenance man for over 30 years. He always had a knack for fixing things, so even when Rod wasn’t at work, he enjoyed repairing projects on the family farm. His hobbies included hunting deer and pheasant, fishing, shooting his guns, and being on the farm. And he was an accomplished practical joker who always seemed to have something up his sleeve.
Most recently, the greatest joy of Rod’s life had been the birth of his first grandchild. He was so proud to be grandpa to beautiful little Cohen, who was born in February.
Rod was taken from his family too soon; the family that survives include his children: Kayla (Chris) Moon, Manly; and Codi (Angel) Thompson, Forest City; grandson Cohen Moon; his mother, Linda Peterson, Emmons, Minn.; two brothers: Lance (Carol) Thompson, Joice; and Howard (Carrie) Peterson, Scarville; a sister, Pam (Russ) Heinzerling, Ankeny; his girlfriend of 20 years Monice McBee, Albert Lea, Minn.; his best friend, Todd Marpe, Emmons, Minn.; three nieces and a nephew: Lily Thompson, Halle Peterson, Austin Heinzerling and Marissa (Sawyer) Phillips; as well as other extended relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kacy; father, Gordon Thompson; and stepfather, Harlan Peterson.