Thurlow Steven “Bud” Thompson
September 28, 1933- June 9th 2019
Thurlow Steven Thompson better known as “Bud” has passed away, this sunny Sunday morning of June 9th 2019, at home in the loving company of family.
Born in Boise Idaho, to Dean and Helen Thompson. He was the second eldest of twelve children. When the youngest siblings could not pronounce “Thurlow”, they would call him ‘brother’ which sounded a lot more like “Bud” and so his lifelong nickname was born. He spent his youth having adventures with his siblings that today's children would never imagine.He enjoyed carefree summers in Cascade with his Grandma & Grandpa. The Thompson kids were always up for a fun time but, he found joy in work as well. He could be found doing odd jobs in the North end of Boise such as paper boy, pin setter at the bowling alley and even washing circus elephants when they came to town.
Bud enlisted in the Army at age seventeen. He was trained as a communication specialist and served overseas during the Korean War. He was always proud of his service to our country and had great respect for all servicemen.
After returning home, Bud got a job with an H.R Kress Company Drugstore which later was rebranded as K-Mart. It was there he met his first wife; Barbara Cottrell. They had two wonderful sons together; Michael and Curtis Craig. They enjoyed going fishing, spending time outdoors and getting together with family.
Bud remarried Bertha Crow. Together they owned a little establishment called “The Lode” in Atlanta, Idaho. They had one beloved son, Dennis Anthony “Tony”. When not enjoying the mountain air, Bud worked at the Idaho Power Company. He labored in the field as a lineman and troubleman until a power pole accident put him behind a desk as a dispatcher. He worked at the Power Company for 40 years and made many lifelong friends.
In 1970, Bud, was invited to church by a kind neighbor. In the sanctuary of Meridian Gospel Tabernacle (now known as Legacy Church) Bud found Jesus and became a Christian. He was saved! He utterly and completely dedicated his life to following the Lord. He was an active member of the congregation serving in any capacity he was able; from handyman extraordinaire to camp cook and counselor. It was also at this church that he met the love of his life, Elverta Venable.
The two courted briefly before deciding to commit their lives to one another on October 7, 1972. The two stayed married for the next 45 years. They enjoyed their life full of faith, fun, laughter and love. They had two beautiful children together Timothy & Christine.
Bud always delighted the smiles of children. It was his joy to hear the laughter of his many nieces, nephews, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved the outdoors, feeling the sun on his back, working hard and honesty. He was a friend to any cat that came his way and he was a collector of many unique treasures. Anyone who has ever known Bud would tell you; He was a man of God. He was a man who would do whatever he could to help. He always had a witty quip or absurdity ready to share and bring a grin to your face.
When Bud was in your life; you were rich; you knew you could always count on him for a safe and loving place to call home and a friendship that would stand the test of time. There is no doubt that Bud was a man who was greatly favored & blessed beyond measure. Friends & Family will always have a special place in their hearts remembering the ways, words and love of Bud Thompson.
He was preceded in his death by: His parents: Dean & Helen Thompson. His Brothers Dean, Danny, Norman, Fred, James and Wayne Thompson and his Sisters Mary (Swank) Patsy (Boutwell), And Susan (Creed-Cunningham). As well as his son Curtis Craig Thompson.
He is survived by: His loving wife Elverta, His Sons; Timothy Thompson (Angel) of Boise Idaho, Michael Thompson of New York, NY, Tony Thompson (LeeAnn) of Las Vegas, Nevada and his daughter Christine Welker (Kevin) of Nampa, Idaho, his brother David ( Joann) Thompson of Boise & Sister Dorothy Hanau of Arizona. His Grandchildren; Melanie Calkins (Bill) and Colton Welker as well great grandchildren Craig, Brendyn & Lucy Calkins.
The family would also extend special gratitude to Betty Price-Sutterfeild; a family friend and Bud’s sweet caregiver in his twilight years
There will be a Viewing Sunday June 16, 2019 from 5-7pm at Cloverdale Funeral Home;
1200 North Cloverdale Road Boise, ID 83713.
Memorial Services will be held Monday June 17th 2019 1 pm at Legacy Church;
1507 N. Meridian Rd, Meridian, Idaho
with Meal to follow.
Donations in Bud’s honor can be made to Idaho Humane Society or the VFW