He was born September 9, 1929 in Belen, NM, the son of Daniel Christian and Dorotha Fine Thompson. After graduating form Revere High School in Revere, MO, he went to work for the former International Harvester, Rock Island for a short time before entering the U.S. Army in January of 1952. He served in the Thunderbird Division in wartime Korea and received the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation Award with three campaign stars and a Purple Heart.
After discharge from the Army service he entered in marriage with Margaret Poole on October 24, 1953 in the 1st Baptist Church, Farmington, IA. They, then, went to Rock Island to make their home. He was employed at Servus Rubber Co. for two years, then at the Rock Island Arsenal for thirty years before retiring in 1987.
Daniel had a lifelong interest in Studebaker cars and was co-founder, and Charter Member of the Big Six Riverbend Studebaker Drivers Club in the Quad Cities, serving as President for three years, and other positions through the years. He was a Boy Scout Leader of Troop 225 in Rock Island for thirty years and received the District Merit Award, the Scouters Key, the Order of the Arrow, and Wood Badge. He enjoyed Stamp collecting, coin collecting and had a love of the great outdoors.
Daniel is survived by his wife, Margaret, Rock Island; son and his spouse, Michael and Claudia Thompson, Apex, NC; daughter and her spouse, Shelley and Richard Moeller, Rock Island; grandchildren, Jeffrey and Matthew Thompson, Sarah, William and Stephanie Moeller; brothers, James P. Thompson, Fallbrook, CA, John Thompson and his spouse, Louise, Bullard, TX along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded by his parents and granddaughter Deborah Moeller.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. Visitation will be 5 – 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Visitation will also be held from 2 – 3 p.m. Friday at the Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka, Missouri. Burial will be at Kahoka Cemetery, Kahoka, MO.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.wheelanpressly.com or at www.vigenmemorialhome.com