W Dale Thompson

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March 12, 1948 ~ November 23, 2022

Born in: 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:


Visitation: December 11, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Prayer Service: December 11, 2022 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Visitation: December 12, 2022 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Hope Lutheran Church Fargo, South Campus
3636 25th St S.
Fargo, North Dakota 58104

(701) 235-6629

Funeral: December 12, 2022 10:00 am

Hope Lutheran Church Fargo, South Campus
3636 25th St S.
Fargo, North Dakota 58104

(701) 235-6629


Clifford Cemetery

Clifford, ND

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in W Dale Thompson 's name.

Disabled American Veterans

2101 Elm St N
Fargo, North Dakota
(701) 451-4636

Memories Timeline


  1. We never met before but I worked closely with your daughter Heidi for many years. She is a wonderful person, which I’m sure a reflection of her father. Thank you for being a wonderful Dad to Heidi and for the many other accomplishments in your life.

  2. I met Dale in junior high school when he became my accounting and typing class teacher in 1972-78. He was easy to like and appreciate from the first day in class, and had great teacher skills too. He seemed to create an instant bond of friendship with all his students, as well! He was a favorite “big brother” figure during my teen years as he became a good family friend, spending time helping out my dad with farming which he enjoyed. While Dale and Linda lived in Turtle Lake, ND they had their first daughter, Heidi Lynn. I was asked to babysit and the friendship dynamic really took root. We were all like family! It was my respect for him and Dale’s encouragement that led me to Mayville State College in 1977. Of course it helped to make that decision when I realized how close I would be to them all as they moved to Arthur where he taught and coached which was within easy driving distance to Mayville. With them living close to his family farm back in Clifford, I spent lots of fun weekends with them both in Arthur and Clifford, and continued to babysit my sweet girl, Heidi, and then baby Billy. Dale was a favorite to many, and he coached our Turtle Lake-Mercer Boys Basketball team to state tournament in 1977. Always greeted us “kids” with a smile and he often would tease as he took advantage of me being a rather gullible teen. His teasing was always in fun! In his own way, he taught many of us students the importance of good character traits which he exemplified himself as teacher. God bless the great memories of a very dear old friend, who acted as a loving “big brother” type of person to me in my life. You’ll never be forgotten, “Mr. Thompson”!

  3. May God be with, comfort, and bring you all His supernatural strength, as you go thru your grieving process in the days and months ahead! Love you Heidi and Billy!

  4. Coach Thompson made a big difference in my life. I came to CG for my last two years of high school and he was the first coach that believed in me and helped me believe in myself. That was huge and made a difference that has lasted throughout my life. Thank you Coach for that and the many things that I’ve been thinking about these last few days. Rest in peace.

  5. Dale was a great man. He was always kind and patient. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time of letting go. God bless.

  6. Awesome tribute! Cathie & entire family are in our thoughts & prayers 🙏🙏 during this emotional & difficult time. Shari Scheer

  7. Heidi and Bill, I am very sorry for your loss. Dale was my coach, a mentor, and my friend. He will be missed.

  8. Such a generous and beautiful man! We will never forgot all that he did for our family and all the opportunities he made happen for us! RIP. Sympathies to you all…. Aaron & Lori McCardle Family

  9. Cathy and Family

    Dale was that guy. The one who believed in me! Always there to support me! Always there to make sure he could carry me through the rough times! He will be certainly missed as my Insurance Mentor and Great Coach!

  10. Cathie and family,
    Dale means a tremendous amount to our family. Through his leadership he helped give me the opportunity of a lifetime and I am so grateful for the time and effort he invested in my career. He was a champion, a gentleman, and an only OK golfer 😉 Among many things he taught me, I learned how to play bingo, bango, bongo, and that you can’t go to the Canadian border just to buy duty-free, cheep booze. I always enjoyed seeing Dale and Cathie at events, and will always remember his giggle and his duck call. You will be missed Dale and our sincerest sympathies to you and the family Cathie.
    Kyle & Melissa Gagner & family

  11. Dale was a good man. He was so proud of his kids and grandkids (loved watching them play sports!). He will be missed!

  12. So sorry to hear about the passing of Dale! My thoughts and prayers to Cathie and your family. I will always hold close the memories we had at firehouse subs together. Hugs.

  13. Dale was a wonderful man with a wicked sense of humor. We are sorry for your loss
    I was looking forward to spending a lot of time with you all in Arizona. He will be truly missed.
    Sending prayers and love

  14. So sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. A few years ago we had an Ambroson cousin reunion. It was a great afternoon of reconnecting. Since then Terrie and now Dale are gone. Hard to believe. My sympathy to his family

  15. Dale was one of the nicest people that I’ve ever known and a friend that I’ll never forget. I have many, many memories of Dale from when I was younger. He was one of those guys that everyone looked up to. He was one heck of a softball player too. I was always thankful if Dale was on the same team as I.
    He had a special way about him.

    I’m sorry for your loss.

    Karry Kyllo

  16. Dale was a great and humble man, always kind and smiling. He will be missed by all who knew him. Hugs and prayers for his family. Reuben & Jennifer Rud

  17. I am so very sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. I have enjoyed getting to know him the last several years through our laryngectomy group. My thoughts are with your family.

  18. All my love goes out to Heidi, Bill & the rest of the family during this time. Your dad was such a great man and a good father figure that I looked up to and appreciated how much he cared. I wish I could be with you, but you know I will be there in spirit.

  19. My sympathy to you, Cathie, and to the rest of the Thompson family. I enjoyed working with Dale over the years at Nodak. He had a good sense of humor and treated everyone with kindness and respect.

    Hoping you are comforted by many good memories. God bless Dale.

  20. Our deepest sympathy to you Cathie and Family. Dale was a great guy and we will always remember the fun we had on the Nodak trips together. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time!

  21. Cathy and family,

    You know how much this big teddy bear meant to me. I am going to miss his jokes, his laughter, his advice and his big bear hugs. I hope it helps you to know how much he was loved. RIP dear friend.

    Peggy and Dennis Inglis

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