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Lee Francis Thompson

September 26, 1952September 6, 2020

Lee Francis Thompson, 67, passed away at the WakeMed Cary hospital on September 6, 2020, after a brief illness.

Lee was born in Denison, Iowa, on September 26, 1952, the second child of Francis and Doris (Klaus) Thompson. Raised in Ute, Iowa, he gained his love of storytelling while working in the family business, the Ute Lockers. He graduated from Charter Oak-Ute Community High School in 1970 before going on to get his B.A. in Music Education at the University of Northern Iowa in 1976. Lee married Carol Nosbisch on June 14, 1974, and they made their home in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Lee started his career with IBM in Waterloo, Iowa, in December 1977. IBM transferred the family to Raleigh, NC, in May 1981. They made their home in Cary, NC. Lee retired from IBM in May 2016, after 38 years.

Lee always had a love of water and air, which he indulged in by earning a pilot’s license in 1979 and spending time sailing, boating and swimming whenever possible. In 1989, the family discovered Bald Head Island, a North Carolina barrier island. BHI truly became one of his favorite places to be, and the family built a vacation home, The Other Place, on BHI in 1998. An annual event was “Grandma & Grandpa Camp” with their grandchildren on the island each summer. Lee was well known for his wonderful cooking abilities, which was one of the ways he showed his love to his family and friends. Over the years, he also enjoyed woodworking and made many treasured pieces. Lee held a lifetime love of music, and one would often find him playing the piano. While at UNI, Lee became involved with the UNI Varsity Men’s Glee Club. On December 4, 2010, he was the first to be awarded as a “Distinguished Alumnus” of the UNI Varsity Men’s Glee Club. In May 2015, the “Lee Thompson Pillars of the Glee Club Award”, an award for members who show outstanding dedication to the Glee Club, was created in his name.

Survived by: his wife, Carol Thompson of Cary, NC; son, Adam (Joanna) Thompson and grandchildren, Lindsay and Cooper Thompson, of Mooresville, NC; daughter, Erin Thompson of Cary, NC; his mother, Doris Thompson of Omaha, NE; sister, Carolyn (Tom) Harbaugh of Monroeville, PA; brothers, Myron Thompson, of Omaha, NE and Gary Thompson, of Omaha, NE; and numerous nieces and nephews. Proceeded in death by: his father, Francis Thompson.

The family is waiting to plan a Celebration of Life after the pandemic has passed.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Lee’s memory can be made to the University of Northern Iowa Varsity Men's Glee Club/Les Hale Endowed Fund at https://uni-foundation.org. Click on "Give Now!" and indicate that it is for the Lee Thompson Memorial Fund in the Program # and/or Description field. Checks should be made payable to the UNI Foundation and sent to UNI Foundation, 121 Commons, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0239. If you have any questions, please contact Dan Breitbach at the Foundation (319) 273-7727 or cell (319) 360-2436.


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Jann Fredrickson Ramus

September 12, 2020

Hi “H” and family,

I am so sad to hear of Lee’s death. Wow. This is a hard one.

Lee, Carol, (then known as “H”) and I were all part of the great co-ed experiment in Dancer Hall at my University of Northern Iowa. Only one school in the US had attempted such an experiment and we were the second in the nation to do so. Now it is common place but for us, we were the Pioneers!

That year was one of the best in my life. Lee and I had many conversations and although we were usually on the opposite end of things, we always came out as friends. One of our friends during that time put it aptly by saying: “When I was a 21 it was a very good year.” I think now: Were we ever that young and ever that innocent?

I remember Lee and Carol’s wedding. Lee and I had a great love of music and I was given the gift of singing at their wedding.

Gosh, it is hard to hear that this man did not live well into his 90s. I remember his life with a hearty laugh, nostalgia and a tremendous gratitude for him and his life. God bless all who loved him and all who mourn his passing!

Love to you all,

Jann Fredrickson Ramus

Jim Biwer

September 11, 2020

I am in shock at the news of Lee's passing. Our condolences to Carol and the entire Thompson family.

Lee was a great college friend. We both were members of the UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the professional music fraternity. Lee, Carol and I were members of the UNI Dancer Hall coed housing experiment. Lee was a groomsmen in our wedding party. Peggy and I were fortunate to have Lee and Carol attend our 40th wedding anniversary party a couple years ago.

Although I am truly saddened at Lee's passing, I always be happy and thankful for the many great times we shared. Peace.

Joyce Moses

September 10, 2020

Hi, Lee! I know you are listening and hearing about all of us that know and love, admire and feel you are still with us all in spirit. We are with you and know how much your love of family, friends, music and song has been such an important part of your life and also your carpentry skills among many others. You are missed and keep playing, singing and telling the stories of your life while in everlasting life in heaven. God bless you and rest in peace.

Leon & Penny Fester

September 10, 2020

Lee was a life-long friend (since Kindergarten). He helped me learn to ride a bike when I was 8.
He was the best man at my wedding to Penny. Over the years we’ve visited Lee & Carol and they’ve visited us. Memories include Cedar Falls, Cary & The Other Place! We enjoyed pottery hunting & walking on the beach!
He was very talented, A great cook, had a great smile! We will miss you, Lee!!

bruce bohnker

September 10, 2020

I sat beside lee in the high school band. Good memories. bkb

Sue Johnston

September 10, 2020

My sincere sympathy from a classmate of Lee's at CO-U. He was sure a great guy! We share the same birthdate.

Sue (Goslar) Johnston

Kris Sporleder-Caughey

September 10, 2020

Sympathy and prayers to Lee's family and many friends. I was a member of the COU Class of 1970 and Lee was a kind and good friend.

Cindy Butler

September 10, 2020

So sorry for your loss. I grew up in Ute and had played many games with the Thompson family and other kids on the block. He also was my dancing partner when we were about five or six. He found an old film of us dancing together and he sent it to me many years ago. I so enjoyed that but I do know he didn't want me to post it, lol.