Brian W. Thompson, 48, formerly of Brandon, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at the Sanford Hospice Cottage in Luverne, Minn., following a short battle with cancer.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m., Wednesday at Heritage Lutheran Church in Brandon with the Rev. Sandy Soye officiating. Visitation will precede the service with family present. Burial is at Midway Lutheran Cemetery in rural Flandreau.
Brian was born Jan. 27, 1965, in Brookings, to Wayne and Lois (St. John) Thompson. He was baptized at the First Lutheran Church in Volga in 1965. Brian graduated from Vermillion High School in 1983. He attended Dakota State University. He also served in the Army National Guard for six years in Brookings and was given an honorable discharge. Brian met Mary Kay Swanz of Kransburg, at DSU and they were married on Aug. 8, 1987. The couple lived in Brandon where they started raising their family of five.
Brian worked for LodgeNet in Sioux Falls prior to becoming employed with HSBC. He later became the vice president of security and fraud of all of HSBC Banks and credit operations center west of the Mississippi River. In 2010, he became employed by Barrick Gold Company as the superintendent of its Safety and Security Division at Goldstrike Mine, the largest gold Mine in North America, at Elko, Nev.
Brain had a huge love for his family. Spending time with his kids hiking or exploring was one of his favorite pastimes. He was very musical, loved to write deeply moving notes to his family, paid special attention to details, and bravely led his family through snowstorms as well as life to provided comfort in any difficult situation. Brian was a member of the El Raid Shrine in Sioux Falls and was “Dippity Doo” the happy clown, in the Shriner’s Clown Unit. He also belonged to the American Legion in Sioux Falls and the Masons. Brian was a member of Brandon Lutheran Church until they moved to Nevada.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Kay; five children, Matthew of Madison, Samantha, Brittany, Amber, and Erika Thompson all of Spring Creek, Nev.; his parents, Wayne and Lois Thompson of Colman; two sisters, Katherine (David) Tarrell of Sioux Falls and Sheri (Doug) Scheerhorn of Hills, Minn.; mother-in-law, Mary Ellen Swanz of Clear Lake, SD; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Brian was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Donald Swanz.
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