Rodney Ray Thompson of Elk City, Idaho, died at the age of 81 in his home, Saturday, May 27, 2017. Rodney was born on July 7, 1935 to Burt and Vivian Thompson of Clearwater, Idaho, and was the 5th of 10 children.
Rodney and Phyllis (Young) were married in 1957 and had 6 children, Ron, Pam, Jim, Deb, Carman and Bill. The family spent a few years in the Kooskia, Idaho area, then settled down in Elk City where they raised their children while Rodney worked as a timber feller. Rodney was a logger from the age of 30 until he retired, although he occasionally tried other jobs during his life, including ranch hand, sawmill worker and working for the Forest Service. After retirement, Rodney could often be found with his brother, Kenneth, checking on the cows or doing other odd jobs.
Rodney enjoyed the outdoors such as getting firewood, camping and fishing with his family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, of 53 years; both parents; brothers, Jerry and Larry; sisters, Jean Wilson, Evelyn Weaver; and grandson, Cody Nitz; and son in-law, David Bryant.
Rodney is survived by his children, 15 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephew, his brother, Kenneth, sisters Lucille Frank, JoAnn Henry, Janice Warren and Barbara Pearson.
A memorial service potluck for Phyllis and Rodney will be held sometime in July. Arrangements are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville, Idaho. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.
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