, 48, Spring Creek, NV, formerly Brandon, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at the Sanford Hospice Cottage in Luverne, MN, following a short battle with cancer.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at Heritage Lutheran Church, Brandon with Pastor Sandy Soye officiating. Visitation preceded the service with family present. Interment followed at Midway Lutheran Cemetery, rural Flandreau.
Brian was born Jan. 27, 1965, in Brookings, to Wayne and Lois (St. John) Thompson. He was baptized at the First Lutheran Church in Volga, in 1965. Brian was raised and graduated from Vermillion High School in 1983. He attended Dakota State University. He also served in the Army National Guard for six years in Brookings, and was given an Honorable Discharge. Brian met Mary Kay Swanz of Kransburg, at DSU and they were married on Aug. 8, 1987. The couple lived in Brandon where they started raising their family of five.
Brian worked for LodgeNet in Sioux Falls prior to becoming employed with HSBC. He later became the Vice President of Security and Fraud of all of HSBC Banks and Credit Operations center west of the Mississippi River. In 2010, he became employed by Barrick Gold Company as the Superintendent of its Safety and Security division at Goldstrike Mine, the largest gold Mine in North America, at Elko, NV.
Brain had a huge love for his family. Spending time with his kids hiking or exploring was one of his favorite pastimes. He was very musical, loved to write deeply moving notes to his family, paid special attention to details, and bravely led his family through snowstorms as well as life to provide comfort in any difficult situation. Brian was a member of the El Raid Shrine in Sioux Falls and was “Dippity Doo” the happy clown, in the Shriner’s Clown Unit. He also belonged to the American Legion in Sioux Falls and the Masons. Brian was a member of Brandon Lutheran Church until they moved to Nevada.
Brian will be deeply missed by his wife, Mary Kay; five children, Matthew, of Madison, Samantha, Brittany, Amber, and Erika Thompson, all of Spring Creek, NV; his parents, Wayne and Lois Thompson, Colman; two sisters, Katherine (David) Tarrell, Sioux Falls, and Sheri (Doug) Scheerhorn, Hills, MN; mother-in-law, Mary Ellen Swanz, Clear Lake; and many loving nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Brian was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Donald Swanz.
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