Richard "Dick" Thompson, 83, of McCallsburg, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa. A private family graveside service will be held at the Warren Township Cemetery in McCallsburg, Iowa. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Dick was born on November 17, 1936 in Story County to Oscar and Lottie (Spurling) Thompson. He was raised in McCallsburg and attended McCallsburg High School where he graduated with the class of 1954. In 1956 he started Thompson Auto Salvage in McCallsburg and has ran it ever since. He proudly called it McCallsburg's most outstanding feature. He was member of the McCallsburg Presbyterian Church, was on the McCallsburg Fire Department for many years, and was on the McCallsburg City Council over the years. He loved collecting everything and always had a vision for his junk, even though not all projects got finished. He also loved old cars and his junkyard cats.
Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter Debbra Thompson of Nevada, IA; many cousins; and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to Debbra Thompson, PO Box 28, McCallsburg, Iowa, 50154.
Fredregill Funeral & Cremation Care has been entrusted with the care of Dick and his family.
We used to go get parts etc from him. He was a good man and always treated us right and fair. He will be missed
our condolences for your loss. He was one of a kind in the best way possible. Always had a smile whenever you saw him. He will be missed.
I’m so sorry for your loss! Deepest condolences. My grandpa and my father always went there for parts and told me about how cool his collection was, and how kind he was. I went out there last summer to finally meet him and see his collection. He was so friendly to my friend and I. Happy to show us his collection and willing it have a nice conversation. We were 18 and anxious to find project car ideas and he was very helpful with advice and tips for us young car enthusiasts! He will not be forgotten.
So sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I know if mom (Deb Mercer) were still here she would send her condolences. Your family is in my prayers in this hardest of times.
I am so sorry. I remember dad going to see Dick. Dad talked about working with him before he opened his own yard. Angela (Banks) Thompson
Deb, our family is so very sorry for your loss. Your Dad was always so good to my family. He’d helped so many people in town over the years. We will miss him terribly. It’s so hard to lose your Dad. I know it’s painful, but lean on your family and friends. My family is here for you. You’re in our thoughts and prayers 🙏
I didn't get to meet Dick until about 10 years ago. By then kids had broken into his buildings and vandalized most of his treasured car collection and to make things worse the city of McCallsburg had recently gone to war with him over his life's work and collection. The City was in the process of taking his properties and crushing the contents by the time I first met Dick.
He was rightfully grumpy and suspicious of us when we first pulled up to his house but we were polite and kind and I think he could tell that we were as car obsessed as he was. We weren't there to buy anything - not that we could have - because per Dick himself: "NONE OF IT WAS FOR SALE". We were just there to see if the legend was actually true.
I have a lot of amazing memories with some of my best friends scouring that property for all of the automotive treasures that he had amassed.
Eventually, after a few trips back to Dick's, he even took us on a tour of the buildings "uptown" that he had purchased and filled with cars. His collection blew us away.
But as it is goes life happened and as time passed I didn't get to make as many trips back to Dick's as I would have liked to but that didn't stop me from spreading the story of the incredible salvage yard in McCallsburg Iowa filled with amazing classic cars.
I didn't know Dick well but I can say that he was a car guy's car guy. He was happy to let a few car crazy kids climb all over his yard and see the treasures he had amassed. He didn't have any reason to let us but he did because I think he knew he was passing the passion for cool cars on in his own way.
Thanks for being exactly who you were Richard.
Debbra - so sorry for your loss! I know how difficult it is to lose a parent, no matter how old. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Lisa Hyland Smallwood
Deb, am so sorry to hear of your dads passing. He was always a very helpful and kind man from when I was 17 working on my old car, And as I worked at B And D auto Parts in Nevada. I throughly enjoyed any time I would see him and get to visit with him! A true gentleman and a loss to humanity. Again so sorry please
My prayers for you. Thomas L Crane marshalltown now
Deb, sorry for your loss. I got to meet him several times. He loved to show Augusta all the kittens. Bill and your father worked together for a long time. He will be greatly missed. Our love and hugs to you.
Bill and Penny Riley
Deb, so sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a good person, and he and my Dad crossed paths a lot. Hugs and prayers for you, I know how hard this is.😢🙏🙏
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