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Homer Hall Thompson

Homer Hall Thompson    Homer Hall Thompson, 97, longtime Brady farmer, passed away Nov. 7, at his home of natural causes.
    Homer, the third of six children, was born on Aug. 4, 1910, to Hiram and Jessie Thompson in Felton, Minn. The Thompson’s moved to Montana in 1917 where they took up residence two miles south of Brady on their uncle’s homestead. Homer started school in Brady but because Collins provided school bus transportation he changed schools. In 1937, Homer started farming on his own two miles west of his parents where he built his farmstead. Homer began farming with a team of horses and when he retired, at the age of 90, he finished his last harvest in an air-conditioned combine.
    On Nov. 25, 1939, Homer married Edna Gemar of the Knees Community. In 1950, he finished construction of their new home where they raised their three children: Marvin, Wilma and Velma. The original house moved into Brady and is still there. Homer and a friend built a cabin on Massey Creek in 1954. One of his last trips to the cabin was to see the recent fire damage to the Massey Creek area and it broke his heart. He enjoyed the times he spent at the cabin snowmobiling and cutting wood. Both Homer and Edna enjoyed ice fishing and traveled many miles to fish. Homer also enjoyed attending basketball games, bowling, camping and hunting, bagging a moose at Dawson Creek, B.C. He enjoyed pack trips into the mountains and participating in local area parades with his horse and buggy. Homer had a variety of vehicles, his favorite a 1948 4-wheel drive Jeep, the first of its kind in the area. He enjoyed dancing and music. He played the saxophone and accordion. He was a member of the five-piece band “Mun’s Merry Makers”. Homer loved to travel and spent the last several years wintering in Arizona with his son and daughter-in-law.
    One of his favorite pastimes was telling stories and playing jokes on people. One story he like to tell was how he threw a rock through the school window because the other children had dared him to throw the rock over the building. He guessed a six year old wasn’t up to making it over the building.
    Homer served on the Brady Equity Board, Brady Methodist Church Board, Modern Woodman, Farmer’s Union, Brady School Board, founding member of the Snow-Drifter’s Club and Charter member of the Montana Council of Co-Operatives. He assisted with the remodeling of the Brady Methodist Church and the building of the Brady Community Hall.
    Survivors include his son, Marvin (Shari) Thompson, of Brady; daughter, Velma Thompson, of Great Falls; sister, Mildred Chamberlain, of Atlanta, Ga.; brother, Earl Thompson, of Great Falls; granddaughter, Susan Thompson, of Brady; and grandson, Lonnie Moore, of Cut Bank.
    He is preceded in death by his wife Edna, daughter, Wilma Moore; grandson, Delroy Moore; his parents; brother, Ernest; and sisters, Charlotte Allen and Olive Coughlin.
    Funeral Services were held Nov. 12, at the Brady Methodist Church.  Burial followed in Hillside Cemetery. Casketbearers were Dennis Loch, Frank Hein, Jerry Stolte, Dan Campbell, Gus Winterrowd, and Robert Skorupa.  Pondera Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
    Memorials are suggested to the Brady Methodist Church, Brady Community Hall or donor’s choice.