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Lyle Thompson

Oct. 22, 1939-Jan. 1, 2008

Lyle K. Thompson, 68, of Ice Cracking Lake, passed away on Tuesday, January l, 2008 at the Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids.

Lyle Kenneth Thompson was born to George and Rose (Bunker) Thompson on Oct. 22, 1939 at White Earth. He attended public school and grew into manhood at Pine Point, Minn.

As a young man, Lyle Joined the United States Air Force, and proudly served his country. Following his honorable discharge from the military, Lyle returned to Pine Point. Later, he attended chef's school in Minneapolis. He worked as a cook at Anoka State Hospital for a number of years. He also worked in Minneapolis unloading railroad boxcars for many years.

Lyle married Joyce Marie Dunkley Neeland and they were blessed with two children: Kenny and Laura. Later, Lyle was blessed with another son, Neil Howard. In the late 1970s, Lyle returned to Ponsford, where he owned and operated several bars. He also worked for his brother, Jim, in his logging business.

Lyle loved the outdoors, especially when he could be out hunting, fishing or ricing. He enjoyed getting together with friends and family to play cards and cribbage. He loved to cook large meals for guests and always prepared a large Sunday meal for family and friends.

Lyle was a charismatic person who always turned the heads of the pretty ladies, who were drawn by his charming flirtations. Lyle had endured the heartache of losing both his wife, Joyce and his son, Kenny in tragic accidents. Above all, Lyle devoted his life to his children and his only grandson.

Lyle will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Laura Margaret Thompson and her fiancé, Clarence Beaulieu, both of Bagley, Minn.; and his son, Neil Alan Howard of Ice Cracking Lake, Minn.; one grandson; his two sisters, Dorothy Heinonen of Ponsford and Frances "Frenchie" Benjamin of Minneapolis; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Joyce; his son, Kenny; his parents and three brothers: James, Frederick and Charles.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Old Pine Point School near Ponsford, with the Rev. Carol Smith and Rev. Art Wood officiating. The casket bearers were Kevin Heinonen, Leslie Heinonen, Perry Heinonen, William Benjamin, Andy Benjamin, Mike Thompson and Marlon Jon Lewis. The honorary casket bearers were Isiah David Bartel, Dave Chilton, Charlie Hank Gagnon, Clarence Beaulieu, Peter Ellis, Dorin Neeland, Melvin Thompson and Moxy Vizenor.

Interment was at the Breck Memorial Cemetery at Ponsford, with military honors provided by the Native American Veterans Association. Arrangements were entrusted to Jones-Pearson Funeral Home of Park Rapids.