W Dale Thompson
March 12, 1948 ~ November 23, 2022
Fargo, North Dakota
Resided in: Mesa, Arizona
Dale’s Live Streamed Funeral Service can be viewed below:
Dale’s Live Streamed Prayer Service can be viewed below:
William Dale Thompson, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away in the early evening of Nov. 23, 2022, at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.
Dale was born on March 12, 1948 in Fargo, North Dakota. He was the first and only son of William and Helen (Ambroson) Thompson, later to have sister, Terrie, complete the family. Growing up you would often find Dale with his cousins and sister, hunting or fine tuning his athletic skills playing all kinds of sports. With his dad as his hero, Dale grew up embracing the importance of family, hard work and the importance of knowing where you come from. After graduating from Clifford-Galesburg High school, Dale earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Mayville State University, and later took classes toward his master’s degree from NDSU.
Dale married Linda Highness and together raised their children, Heidi & Bill, while working the family farm in Clifford, ND. Dale’s children were the center of his world. Behind them, his love of sports and youth led him to continue his “teaching” while coaching the High School boys’ basketball teams where he built long lasting relationships with many young men over the years. During that time he was recognized as Coach of the Year for District 5, but more than awards or monetary values, the relationships he made and the impact in the lives of young people was what he treasured most. Life led Dale from the family farm to the business and insurance world.
With his sister as matchmaker, this gentle giant met his love, Cathie (Larson) Kays at a Crab Boil. On Dec. 26, 2003 they married, joined their two families and the great adventure that would span almost twenty years together began. Traveling to follow his beloved grandchildren (and the Bison) their journeys led them all over the country and the world. During this time, he rose to the position of VP of Sales for Nodak Insurance and as an independent business owner. Through it all, Dale never forgot where he came from and was always true to himself (two of his lifelong core values). If you were a part of Dale’s life, he was forever grateful for the relationships that were built and always made you feel like you were his favorite. Through his health challenges over the past few years, he held strong to Jimmy Valvano’s motto of “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”
Dale leaves behind his wife Cathie; daughter Heidi (Steve) Hassler & their children Cye & Emma; Son Bill (Michelle) Thompson; Stepchildren; Marshall (Rochelle) Kays & their children Kenadi, Caleb & Cullen; Lindsay (Tom) Knakmuhs & their children Kali & Trey; Brady (Brittany) Kays. Nephews Davis Lura & DJ (Melissa) Lura. Dale was preceded in death by his parents, William and Helen Thompson, and his sister Terrie (Duey) Lura.
Honoring his veteran status with the Hillsboro National Guard, donations in Dale’s honor can be made to the Disabled Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Dale’s video tribute can be viewed below:
The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in W Dale Thompson 's name.