Ruth Thompson

Ruth E. Thompson, 70, of Sioux Rapids, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 8, at First United Church in Sioux Rapids. Burial was in Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids. Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Ellen Olson was born Dec. 19, 1947, the daughter of Gehard and Kathryne (Schluntz) Olson in Linn Grove.  She attended school in Linn Grove graduating in 1966. She worked several jobs, including Ray’s Grocery Store in Sioux Rapids. It is there she met her future husband and on Dec. 6, 1974, Ruth married John Leroy Thompson at Trinity Lutheran Church in Linn Grove. Ruth and John made their home on North River Road just outside of Sioux Rapids. Here they raised their two girls, Amy and Julie, and lots of pigs, chickens and dogs.

Ruth will be remembered as a loving wife and mother, a caring grandmother, treasured sister, devoted friend,  proud supporter of grandchildren’s endeavors and a shrewd card player. She was also known for driving a hard bargain on just about any purchase she was making and for trying to get gas money for the return trip.

Left to treasure her memory are her husband, John of Sioux Rapids; her daughters, Amy Thompson and Julie Siebrecht of Sioux Rapids; her four grandchildren: Cole, Caleb and Cody Siebrecht and Lauren Holm, all of Sioux Rapids; Julie’s fiancée, Michael Sather and his sons Noah and Matthew, of Franklin, Minn.; her sisters: LouAnn and Nyle Burns of Marathon; Linda Rydstrom of Marathon; and Retha and Roger Harrington of Ida Grove; her brothers: Richard and Linda Olson of Laurens; and Robert and Jan Olson of Sioux City;  and special friend Bel Haldin and husband Rich of Sioux Rapids; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that are often counted as family.

Those that were waiting to meet her in heaven are her parents; sisters: Miriam Wiebe, Elaine Jessen, Janet Campbell and Vivian Foxhoven; brothers: Arnold Olson and Lloyd Olson; brothers-in-law: Melvin Weibe, Bob Campbell and Joe Rydstrom; sister-in-law Alice Olson; and several nieces and nephews.

Ruth will be forever missed by those left to treasure her memory.  We all know that if she were here today, she would say, “Glad you got to see me.”  We sure are.