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Richard "Butch" Thomson
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Obituary for Richard "Butch" Thomson

Richard "Butch" Thomson, 72, of Iowa City, passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2017. Richard was born February 23, 1944 to John David and Miriam Benner Thomson. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam war and was a long time resident of Iowa City. He belonged to the graduating class of 1962 at City High School. He worked as assistant manager to both 7-11 and QuikTrip convenience stores over a span of 20 years. Richard loved the out of doors and frequented hiking in Hickory Hill park with his beloved dog, Charlie. He spent many hours at Mercer Park Aquatic Center swimming and playing pool with friends. He had an amazing music collection with Miles Davis, The Rolling Stones and Brian Eno being among his favorites. His competitive nature made it very hard for anyone to beat him at pool, basketball or Trivial Pursuit.

Richard loved reading philosophy and had a very spiritual outlook on life. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his sister, Shirley and her husband Randy at their South Amana home. There, he and Randy would have rousing games of pool and engage in great conversation. Richard was a wonderful Uncle to nieces, Dawn and Taera, by opening his Rochester home to them at different times. He offered them his affection through sweet, small ways such as trips to the store or ordering a Pagliais pizza to share. Richard will always be remembered for his interesting character and quick wit. His family would like to extend their immense thanks to all of his kind neighbors.

Richard is survived by his sister, Shirley (Randy) Harrison; his nieces, Dawn (Brent) Leon and Taera Harman; and his great nieces and nephews Elijah, Chloe, Erin, and Caleb for whom he was very fond. Richard was preceded in death by his father, John David, his mother Miriam, and his sister Barbara.

A celebration of life for Richard will be held at the Iowa City American Legion Post #17 on Saturday, February 25th from 6pm-10pm.

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6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Iowa City American Legion Post #17

3016 Muscatine Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

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Friends of Hickory Hill Park

P.O. Box 3429
Iowa City, IA 52244

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