William Thompson Obituary

William Raymond Thompson
Bill Thompson
William Raymond Thompson

September 30, 1935 - May 18, 2015
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Mesquite, NV
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William Raymond "Bill" Thompson, formerly of Des Moines, died on Monday, May 18, 2015, at the Beehive Homes in Mesquite, Nevada. Bill was born in Des Moines, on September 30, 1935, to Raymond and Harriet Thompson.

Bill grew up in Des Moines, graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1953, and Drake University in 1957. He married Mary Jane (Neal), also of Des Moines, in December 1957. Bill was an avid golfer, playing on the Roosevelt High School and Drake golf teams. He coached the Drake golf team from 1967-71. In September 1971, Bill and his family moved to southern California where he continued to work for Drake as an off-campus recruiter. In southern California, Bill also served for eight years on the school board of the Capistrano Unified School District and owned an executive employment placement business for fifteen years. In 1998, Bill and Mary Jane moved back to Iowa (Lake Panorama) to retire after selling their business. From 2001 to 2008, Bill came out of retirement to work for the Drake Athletic Department as the Director of Corporate Relations. He and his wife moved to Mesquite, Nevada in June 2008. In Mesquite, Bill wrote articles for the magazine, "View on Mesquite," and served on the board of the Mesquite Salvation Army, chairing the Red Kettle drive in 2008.

Bill is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; three children, Denny (Sandra) Thompson of Mesquite, Nevada, Kelley (Bob) Heron of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Mike Thompson of Des Moines; brother, Ray Thompson of Derry, New Hampshire; and eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, at Iles Dunn's Chapel in Des Moines, where the family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Drake University Athletic Department.

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Visitation Prior
Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
2:00 PM
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Cemetery
Woodland Cemetery
Woodland & MLK
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Drake University Athletic Department
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311