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Bruce Leslie Thompson

Mar 27, 2021

July 7, 1944 – Feb. 28, 2021

Bruce Leslie Thompson,

the son of Ole Thoralf

Thompson and Ruth (Sol-

berg) Thompson, was

born July 7, 1944 in

Rolette, ND. He passed

away at the age of 76

years on Sunday, Febru-

ary 28, 2021 at his

daughters home in Han-

kinson, ND.

My dad was raised on

the rural Rolette home of

his parents and graduated

from Wolford High School

in 1962. He completed his

education at North Dakota

State College of Science in

Wahpeton, ND for auto


In Dad’s earlier years,

he worked at Easterland

Implement in Le Suer,

MN, Year Round Cab in

Mankato, MN, then be-

came a mechanic for

Green Giant. He was unit-

ed in marriage to Peggy

(Nagel) Thompson in

1967 and the returned to

North Dakota to farm the

family land and later di-


He then started his own

business, Thompson Dirt

Works Excavating of rural

Rolette, a small business

he took a lot of pride in.

On weekends he enjoyed

helping out at Biliske

Auctioneers of Buxton. He

then moved to Hankinson,

ND and worked for Wan-

zek Construction and then

for the City of Hankinson

managing the city landfill.

My dad was a true

scrapper by heart. Part of

scrapping is feeling use-

ful. It keeps you busy.

You get money. You meet

new people. You’re being

resourceful. I have never

realized the actual skill re-

quired to know what in a

washing machine is worth

money and how to get at

it. He knew….a very

respectful way to earn a


My dad enjoyed meet-

ing new people and was

willing to strike up a

conversation with anyone.

He was proud to know

that he passed his lefsa

making skill down to his

grandkids. Doing puzzles

will never feel the same

again because from the

day you passed, there will

forever be missing pieces.

My dad will be greatly

missed by those who

loved him.

Bruce will be loved and

remembered by his sons

Wayne, Michael, Kevin

(Cara), Brian (Christy),

Thompson, Daughter Lisa

Thompson (Roger), his

grandchildren Breanna

and Alexis Thompson,

Jenna, Jordyn, Jacob and

Emmy Thompson, Allison

(Dave) Zelaya, Brenna,

Jada (Jumar) and Clayton

Stone, great grand-

daughter Ne’Veyah

Thompson, Sister Arliss

Wells, Crista Swenson

niece, and nephew Jase


Preceded in death by

his parents, his brother

Harlen, and twin grand-

daughters Maggie and Sa-


Graveside memorial

services will be held at

the Ox Creek Cemetery at

a later date. Notice will be

announced prior to ser-


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