sheldon-thompsonBy Phillips Funeral Home

VAN HORNE:     Sheldon Thompson, 90, left this earthly life to be in his eternal home with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 13.   A visitation will be held on Friday, September 16 at Phillips Funeral Home in Keystone from 4-7.    On Saturday, September 17, a celebration of life will be held at 10:30 at Salem United Methodist Church in Van Horne.  Interment will be held at Salem Cemetery with graveside military rites by the Thomas F. Bevins American Legion Post #148 of Van Horne and Iowa Military Funeral Honors.  Everyone is invited to a luncheon which will be served at the Van Horne Community Center.

Sheldon, also fondly known as “Swede”, was born on May 29, 1926 in Van Horne to Ralph and Joy (Rieke) Thompson.  He attended country school near Van Horne and later graduated from Van Horne High School.  Then he proudly served his country for 22 months during World War II in Germany.  On July 18, 1948, Sheldon married Bernice Kuhl in Van Horne.  He farmed with Bernice, as well as his son and grandson, for his entire life north of Van Horne.  He was a lifelong member of his church, a founding member of the Van Horne Lions Club, (otherwise known as the pancake maker) a 70 year+ member of the Van Horne Legion, and a long-time member of the Masonic Order.  He enjoyed woodworking all of his life, which included building his own home, fine furniture, holiday crafts, and specially designed family mementos.  In his later years, he enjoyed gardening, reading, and many special fishing trips with his family and friends.  Of all his interests, spending time with his family was his greatest joy.

Sheldon leaves a legacy of love, including his wife, Bernice and five children: Joan (Dennis) Feddersen of Fort Dodge, Jane (Dean) Schminke of Vinton, Nancy Burhenn of Gilbert, David (Theresa) Thompson of Van Horne, and Jim (Tamie) Thompson of Manistee, Michigan.  His legacy continues with 14 grandchildren: Aaron (Sarah) Feddersen, Grant Feddersen, Jared (Karine) Feddersen, Nick (Alexis) Schminke, Amy (Joe) Vislisel, Alison (Aaron) Eckert, Lindsay (Aron) Bierbaum, Zach Burhenn, Colby (Becky) Burhenn, Tyler Burhenn, Ben Thompson, Beth Thompson, Mackenzie Thompson, Seth Thompson.  His loving legacy continued to include ten great-grandchildren: Peter, Calvin, and Miriam Feddersen; Marie and Tess Feddersen; Piper Schminke; Henry Vislisel; Conrad Eckert; and Hudson and Ivy Bierbaum.  He is also survived by 3 sisters-in-law, 1 brother-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family in memory of Sheldon.

     The family would like to thank the staff at Vinton Lutheran Home and Virginia Gay Hospital for the loving care that Sheldon received in his final days.  The family is also greatly appreciative of Dr. Kettelkamp and his staff at Unity Point Cardiology who compassionately cared for Sheldon. 

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