January 09, 2021
- 6:00 PM
January 09, 2021
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
January 10, 2021
- 2:00 PM
January 10, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Jay’s Live Streamed Funeral Service can be viewed below starting at 1:45 P.M. on Sunday:
Jay’s Prayer Service can be viewed below starting at 5:45 PM:
Jay K. Thompson Jr., 62, Horace, ND, passed away Monday, December 28, 2020, at Spring Valley Medical Center, Las Vegas, NV, due to complications from pneumonia.
Jay was born May 7, 1958, in Breckenridge, MN, to Jay and Marna (Peake) Thompson. He grew up near Wyndmere, ND, on a cattle ranch until his father, Jay Sr.’s passing in 1971. Jay and his siblings, Gene and Jackie, were welcomed in to the family and raised by their Uncle Walter and Aunt Mavis Jerger in rural Barnesville, MN. He graduated from Barnesville High School in 1976. After graduating, he moved back to the McLeod/Wyndmere area where he worked on a cattle ranch.
He married Karen A. Campbell on June 17, 1983, in McLeod, ND, where they made their first home. They enjoyed cruising the countryside in his black Z28 Camaro, playing darts, and spending time with friends. Jay welcomed Karen’s son, Dustin, into his family, as his own. Together they were blessed with three daughters, Danielle, Alisha, and Michaela. In 1986 they built their forever home in Horace, ND, where he was the ultimate Girl Dad, not only to his girls but also to all of their girlfriends.
He started his career working for GFE Electric in 1988 and received his Journeyman Electrician license in 1990. He worked for GFE Electric for over 22 years where he made many lifelong friends whom he considered family. Jay was also a man that could fix many things as he held various maintenance positions. Some of his best stories came from his work at GFE, Essentia Health, and Eventide. Jay was passionate about helping other people.
He joined the Horace Volunteer Fire and Rescue department in 1989 as a dedicated firefighter and first responder and in 1991 became a certified state instructor for the “Jaws of Life.” During his many years on the department, he took numerous young firefighters under his wing as he showed them the ropes. Jay’s passion for helping others led him to earn the titles of Captain and later Assistant Chief.
Family was very important to him and he always enjoyed spending quality time with them. His pride and joy were his three daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Jay loved spending time watching Danielle figure skate. He spent countless early mornings taking her to practice. He truly was her number one fan. Jay was forever grateful to Alisha for giving him the gift of his first grandson. He always wanted a boy and loved Payton Jay like his own; they were best buds. Jay was proud to be Michaela’s escort during her pageant career. Even though he didn’t like dressing up, he felt honored to be a part of her special day. He truly enjoyed sharing his time, talents, and gifts with his grandchildren. They will always remember his lawnmower rides and Grandpa cheering them on at every event.
Jay was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved spending time outdoors with family and friends. His greatest memories were hunting with his brother, cousins, nephew, and friends, and at the lake fishing, tubing, and spending time around the campfire. He loved having huge Fourth of July firework shows for the entire block and was always excited to show Dustin, JD, Dan, and Seth how to put on one hell of a show.
He is survived by his first love, Karen, Horace, ND; children, Danielle (JD) Hewson, Horace, ND; Alisha (Dan) MacDonald, Horace, ND; Michaela (Seth) Dye, Fargo, ND; Dustin (Jennifer Ernst) Campbell, Horace, ND; 10 grandchildren, Jade and Jaelyn Hewson; Payton Jay, Paizley, and Paxtynn MacDonald; Savvy and Myan Dye; Whitney Ernst; Levi and Logan Campbell; 2 great-grandchildren, Norah and Reid Larson; siblings, Gene (Vicki) Thompson, Kindred, ND; Jackie (Brian) Nelson, CO; many special nieces and nephews; his extended Jerger family; his mother-in-law, Barb; the Campbell family; and many lifelong friends.
He was greeted at Heaven’s Pearly Gate by his grandparents, Oscar and Alma Thompson and Kenneth and Rose Peake; parents, Jay and Marna Thompson; sister, Vicki Thompson; father-in-law, Dewey “Pops” Campbell; uncle, Walter Jerger; cousin, Annette Jerger; and many special lifelong friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Jay would want you to come as you are. Please wear something that reminds you of him.
Jay’s Video Tribute can be viewed below: