Thomas J. (Tom) Thompson

July 26, 1960July 4, 2013
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Thomas James (Tom) Thompson West Des Moines

After touching the lives of many around him, Tom left this world peacefully on July 4th, 2013. A Celebration of Tom’s life will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines with a private family burial at Glendale Cemetery.

Born July 26th, 1960 to Thomas and Rose Thompson, Tom grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. He attended Christ the King School and graduated from Dowling High School in 1979. He was a part of the 1979 Dowling boys’ basketball team that won the state championship. Tom graduated from the University of Iowa in 1984 and became a lifelong Hawkeye fan.

Tom followed his passion for sales and became an amazing salesman, starting his own sales agency in 1993. He loved traveling his territory, making sales, and building great relationships with his customers and friends. Tom married the love of his life, Lesly, in October 1988. Tom and Lesly were blessed with four beautiful daughters: Allison, Tara, Brenna, and Tessa. He loved taking care of his "girls!" which was only magnified by the arrival of his beautiful granddaughter, Olivia, one year ago.

Tom was so passionate about life and his faith. His positive outlook was an inspiration to all who knew him and loved him. He is survived by his mother, Rose; his sisters, Mary Thompson and Tammy (Robert) Andrada; wife, Lesly; daughters, Allison, Tara, Brenna, and Tessa; granddaughter, Olivia; son-in-law, Rafael Luna; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas, and grandson, Rafael Luna III.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Christ the King Catholic Church Hall in Des Moines. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the St. Jude Cancer Hospital.

We want to thank all family and friends for the loving support we have been given throughout this very tough road. Tom was a great son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He is one of a kind and can never be replaced in our hearts. Thankfully we get to hold onto the promise that "In Christ there are no goodbyes"! Online condolences will be welcomed at


  • Celebration of Life Service Wednesday, July 10, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, July 9, 2013

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Scott Strunc

July 1, 2014

Lesly, I keep waiting for Tom to come into my office for one of our 4 hour visits and a 15 minute buying spree at the end of our visit. I'm sure that this will be a difficult week with the one year anniversary passing of Tom. We miss you old friend.

August 1, 2013

lesly and girls, I was out of town when I heard the news of Tom's passing. Lesly, I am so sorry Tom was a good person and even though I had not seen him since our Christ the King days I am so very sad for your loss.

May he play a great game of BB in heaven.

God bless you and your family.

Milton Anania & family

Kevin and Veronica Clark

July 11, 2013

Lesly, we send our deepest sympathy. I know Tom had many admiring friends, and I am proud to have been one of them. May the love of family and friends comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.

Lee Ann Eisenreich (Shumway)

July 11, 2013

Lesly, I just found out this afternoon. I had no idea. I am so sorry and certainly you and the girls will be in my prayers. It seems like yesterday I saw him at the gym. I still remember when you first moved to the neighborhood and meeting you at the park and we talked. Although I am far away now, my heart just goes out to you. Tom was always the nicest man and wonderful spending his time coaching the girls in grade school BB. I am sorry I wasn't able to be at the service. Love to you and the girls!

Fr. Mike Hess

July 10, 2013

Leslie and kids,

Sorry that I was out of town and unable to attend the visitation or service. I will remember you in my prayers and ask The Lord to give you comfort in your loss.
Fr. Mike Hess

Randy Guzman

July 10, 2013

My condolences to the entire Thompson family, especially Lesly and his girls. Tom, all of the fellas will miss you from Sunday pick-up ball. Especially those of us who got together annually for the Final Four Championship Game. Those were great times and great laughs! Didn't do it this year because you couldn't be there. I am sure you are with God and God is embracing your family. RIP Tom.

Louise Ellsworth

July 10, 2013

So sorry for your loss. I knew Tom and his sister as a neighborhood friends on the south side of Des Moines, my prayers are with you all

Patrice Hoerster

July 10, 2013

Although our high school years are long past, It sounds like you built a legacy to pass on through generations. I'm sure you've already heard: "Well done, good and faithful servant." Blessings and prayers to your family at this time.

Craig Hatler

July 10, 2013

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Tom was a true gentleman in all aspects. My deepest sympathy goes to the entire family and you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

July 9, 2013

I have owned Husker Hounds since 1995. I have been doing business with Tom since we both started our businesses. Tom and I would talk sports and family for 99% of our meetings. I loved Tom. He loved his family first and foremost. He loved his Hawkeyes. But most of all, Tom loved life. He had a passion for life that I hope to keep burning in my life. I'm going to miss you, Tom. You were my buddy. Save us all a seat in Heaven.