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Roger L. Thompson

Roger L. Thompson, 58, of Ely, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Memorial services will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, at Hope United Church of Christ in Hiawatha. Visitation was Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Brosh Chapel & The Avacentre in Solon.
Survivors include two daughters, Alyssa and Amanda Thompson, and a son, Adam, all of Ely; his mother, Nadine of Cedar Rapids; three brothers, Mark (Doni) of Ely, Scott of Cedar Rapids and Bill (Becky) of Marion; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Roger was born June 10, 1958, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Richard and Nadine (Tate) Thompson. He graduated from Prairie High School in 1976. He later graduated from Mount Mercy University and was working toward completing his master’s degree from the University of Iowa.
Roger was a special education and driver’s education teacher for the Solon community school system for over 24 years. He was a devoted educator, respected by both his students and fellow faculty members. In 2003, Roger was awarded the Educational Partner of the Year from Grant Wood AEA. In 2011, the Solon Optimist Club honored him with the Teacher of the Year Award.
Roger was an avid Hawkeye and Oakland Raiders fan. He enjoyed yard work, gardening and especially the time spent with his beloved family, friends and students. He was a wonderful son, father, brother and friend, whose memory will be cherished by all who knew and loved him.
A memorial fund has been established.