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Mark J. Thompson

West Branch

Mark J. Thompson, 81, longtime resident of Iowa City, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Branch, Iowa.
The family will greet friends and family beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27, at Lensing Funeral Home, Iowa City, with a memorial service immediately following at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at the funeral home. Inurnment of cremains will be at Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association.
Mark was born July 20, 1936, in Lake Mills, Iowa, the son of Jacob and Violet (Severson) Thompson. He came to Iowa City as a young man, and graduated from Iowa City High School. He met his future wife, Bette (Hess) Thompson, on a blind date in 1957, and they were married on Aug. 16, 1958. Mark was a member of the National Guard from 1958 to 1964 and served as a medical assistant. He received a Best Soldier Award in 1960 and completed his service as a staff sergeant.
Mark went on to join First National Bank in 1958, and retired in 1996. During this time, he was very active in the Iowa City community. He served on the board of directors for the Visiting Nurses Association, held offices with the Johnson County Bankers Association, served on the board of the Mid-Eastern Council on Alcoholism, as well as the United Nations Association, Junior Achievement and the Civil Service Commission.
Mark enjoyed fishing, hunting, video poker and traveling. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, the Iowa Wildlife Association, the Johnson County Izaak Walton League and Waterfowlers United. He and his wife took multiple trips to various locations, but his favorite was Lake Tahoe, Calif., where they returned for many summers.
Mark is survived by his children, Sandy Hoefer (Nick) of Iowa City and Steve Thompson (Linda) of Signal Hill, Calif.; grandchildren, Zachary Thompson, Travis Homewood (Estrella), Mark Homewood, Alexa Homewood-Weldon (Patrick), Rebecca Williams (Brad) and Elizabeth Hoefer (Brian Habersberger); and great-grandchildren Madeline, Victoria and Isaac.
He was predeceased by his wife, Bette; his brothers, Roger, Gary and Tom; and parents, Jacob and Violet.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staff at Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the care and support they provided to both Mark and Bette.
Thoughts may be shared with the family at www.lensingfuneral.com.

Posted on Saturday, 25 November 2017