Charles “Chuck” Thompson, age 83, of Glenwood, MN, formerly of Lowry, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 21st, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lowry, with Rev. Bryan Taffe officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood, with a Masonic service to begin at 5:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday morning at the church in Lowry beginning at 10:00 a.m. and running until the time of service. Following the memorial service on Monday, Chuck’s family will host a luncheon at Lakeside in Glenwood. Inurnment will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.
Charles “Chuck” Douglas Thompson, son of Lelan and Lucille (Dahl) Thompson, was born on November 4, 1938, at the Starbuck Hospital in Starbuck, MN. As an infant he was baptized in the Lutheran faith. He grew up in Lowry, along with is younger brother, Gary. He was confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lowry, where he was a lifelong member. Chuck attended Lowry Elementary School and Glenwood High School, where he graduated with the Class of 1957.
After high school, Chuck served honorably in the U.S. Army for two years before returning home to Lowry, where in 1960, he went to work for Clifford Mork at the Lowry State Bank. Not long after, as a young banker, he was sent over to Glenwood Manufacturing on business; there he was introduced to the new office assistant, Patricia Kuhns. The two began dating and soon figured out that their introduction was somewhat orchestrated, but they didn’t mind. Chuck and Patti were married on June 9, 1962, at the Congregational Church in Glenwood. They made their home in Lowry, where they raised their two children, Jill and Grant. In February of 1987, Clifford Mork retired and Chuck became President and CEO of Lowry State Bank. He absolutely loved his 40 year career in banking. He enjoyed visiting with people and took a personal interest in each and every customer from day one until his retirement on December 31, 2000. He especially enjoyed when he got the opportunity to call on the bank’s farm customers.
In addition to his duties at the bank, Chuck served as Lowry City Clerk from 1971-2000. He was also active in the Lowry Fire Department, the Lowry Lions Club, the MN Bankers Association, and in 2009, he was honored as Lowry’s Citizen of the Year. Chuck was also a 62 year member of the Freemasons and belonged to the Grand Lodge of Minnesota where he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020. Two years prior, he also received the Glenwood Lakes Area Lifetime Achievement Award. Chuck was a faithful supporter of Minnewaska Area School Sports and an avid fan. A proud father and grandfather, he especially enjoyed attending school events and cheering on the teams in the years when his children and grandchildren participated. Chuck spent his summers at Lobster Lake where he enjoyed the beautiful sunsets, fishing and time relaxing with family and friends.
After Chuck’s retirement, he and Patti moved to Baycrest in Glenwood. Not one to sit around, Chuck spent the last 13 years working with his daughter, Jill, at Lakeside, doing the books and serving as “Dad the Doorman” for weddings and other special occasions.
Chuck died unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at the Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood at the age of 83. His passing has left a huge void and he will be very much missed.
He is survived by Patricia, his wife of 59 years; daughter, Jill (Dean) Solmonson of Starbuck; son, Grant (Carrie) Thompson of Grove Lake and Gilbert, AZ; grandchildren: Lindsay (Nolan Rasmussen) Solmonson, Michael (Taylor Birnbaum) Solmonson, Riley (Riley Mcconnell) Thompson and Connor Thompson; great-grandsons, Nash and Knox Rasmussen; nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Caryl Thompson.
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