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Weerts Funeral Home

3625 Jersey Ridge Rd, Davenport, IA

OBITUARY

Orville Jack Thompson

September 26, 1940May 2, 2020

Orville J. Thompson, 79, of Davenport, Iowa; passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020 at his home with his wife by his side. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials in Orville’s name may be made to a charity of choice.

Orville was born September 26, 1940 to Orville and Alma Thompson in Davenport, Iowa. He graduated from Davenport High School in 1958; during high school, he discovered his love of gymnastics and trained at North West Turners. His passion for gymnastics earned him a scholarship to Western Illinois University. He later transferred to the University of Northern Iowa and got his Masters Degree in Special Education from Marrycrest College. Orville started his teaching career in Vinton, Iowa at the Iowa School for the Blind. He moved back to Davenport and taught at Taylor School and he also worked with those who were visually impaired; he retired in 1994. Following his wife, Linda’s retirement, they spent several winters in Florida. Orville loved playing all kinds of sports and spending time outside. He could often be found playing racket ball, tennis, golf, skiing, hiking, running, or just being with his dear friends. He was an artist by hobby and won ribbons at the CASI Art contests for his watercolor paintings.

Orville is survived by his wife of 39 years, Linda; his daughter Barbara Jean; step-daughter Kim Weissenburger-Lonie; grandchildren Oscar and Harper; and his brother Michael (Lynne). He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Jimmy, George, and Richard.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the staff with Genesis Hospice for all of their love and compassion during this difficult time

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Sue Grove

May 11, 2020

Dear Linda,
I send my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. I was so sorry to hear about Orv's death. He was just such a good person to work with and was just the best with kids. I am so glad you had some fun winters in Florida together. This is such a hard time to have a death in the family, since our usual ways of giving a warm hug and sharing memories are curtailed. I will be thinking of you and your family. Most sincerely, Sue Grove

Barb Cline

May 11, 2020

Linda, Mike and Lynne,

We extend our sincere sympathy as you mourn the loss of your husband and brother. May the memories of times you shared with him always keep him close to your heart.

With our sympathy,
Chuck and Barb Cline

Nancy Jones

May 11, 2020

I taught with Orville at Madison Elementary and often shared laughs. I enjoyed knowing him. My sister kept me up to date on him. I am sorry for your loss.

tami taylor

May 11, 2020

Orv was such a great guy and what a "Jock" . So loved his sports, and I remember the days of the Davenport Athletic club and all his buddies and racquetball leagues. I am so sorry for your loss, Linda and family. Have not seen for a long while, but lots of very fond memories.

Nancy Schricker

May 10, 2020

Sorry to hear of your loss Linda. I will always remember Orv driving by us to get your coffees, as we were out for our walk. My prayers to you during this challenging time. Nancy

Darlene and Roger Finnegan

May 3, 2020

So sorry for your loss, Linda. Orv was a great racquetball player and full of lots of stories that kept everyone entertained at The Davenport Athletic Club. May he rest peacefully now.





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