Richard “Rick” “RT” James Thompson, age 58, left this world on November 6, 2020 at Genesis Medical Center- East Campus in Davenport, Iowa following a medical event due to a short, but strong-willed effort with sobriety.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Inurnment will take place next to his father and grandparents at Elmwood Cemetery in DeWitt, Iowa.
Rick was born on January 28, 1962 in DeWitt, Iowa, the son of Roland Thompson and Pearl Tharp. He was a forklift driver by trade, being quoted as “the best forklift driver in the whole Quad Cities”. Not only was he a skilled forklift driver, but growing up in a household with not one, but two deaf parents, he became fluent in sign-language at an early age and would often lend a hand or two to be an interpreter for the deaf. He was simply the best interpreter. Rick was an avid Yankee, NASCAR, and Atlanta Falcon fan. He also enjoyed collecting antique tins and other various trinkets. He was best known for his ability to make people smile and laugh and was always seen with his favorite Budweiser in hand.
Rick is survived by his four sons, Samuel James (Jyll Colleen) Thompson of Davenport, Sawyer Thayne, Laken Richard and Charley Rain Steidler-Thompson of Seattle, Washington; his brothers, Bill (Felecia) Thompson of Wilmington, Delaware, Duane Thompson of Davenport, and Jon (Missi) Thompson of Blue Grass, Iowa; his sister, Pamela (Allen) Gilbraith of Davenport; his grandchildren Keigan James, and Leigha Paige Thompson of Davenport; his partner of eleven years, Tracy Meade of Davenport and an abundance of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents, Samuel M. & LaVerna R. Thompson.
Memorials may be made to Rosecrance New Life Outpatient Center in Davenport, Iowa to help those struggling with alcohol and substance abuse. It is never too late to turn your life around and make smart choices.