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November 18, 1943 – October 16, 2021

Kinsley Parnell Thompson, age 77 of St. Michael, passed away Saturday, October 16, 2021. He was born November 18, 1943, the son of William and Agnes (Anfinson) Thompson.

Kinsley grew up on the family farm in Atwater and graduated from Atwater high school with the class of 1961. Kinsley furthered his education at St. Cloud State College obtaining his BS Degree; and University of Northern Iowa obtaining his MS Degree. He also attended Auctioneering School in Mankato.

Kinsley was a very dedicated teacher, becoming a favorited role-model amongst his students. He began teaching in Silver Lake MN, then taught in Germany for four years, where he began his love of all things German! After which, he taught in Canada for a year, before coming back to Minnesota to teach at St. Michael-Albertville Middle School until his retirement in 1999. After retirement, Kinsley continued to be a substitute teacher for 10 years. In 1993, Kinsley was awarded the Central Minnesota Leadership in Educational Excellence Award.

Kinsley’s spare time from teaching was spent as a Colonel Auctioneer with Thompson Auctioneering, a job he greatly enjoyed. Kinsley also enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and visiting with friends.

Kinsley was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover. He was involved in their choir, where he met his wife, Karan. On May 1, 1982, Kinsley and Karan Thompson were united in marriage at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Kinsley was also a board member of the St. Michael Senior Center, Hanover Area Food Shelf, and with Camp Onomia.

An extremely giving and caring man greatly defines who Kinsley was to family, friends, and even strangers! He always went that extra step to thank, say a kind word, and help others. He had a way of comforting others with his kind demeaner and sense of humor. He always had a good joke to tell.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Agnes Thompson; infant brother, Oscar; and brothers, Ardell and Wesley.

Kinsley is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Karan Thompson; children, Mark Thompson (Victoria), Sara Thompson Vazquez (Richard); grandchildren, Elsa Fouquette, Garrett Vazquez; brother, Terry Thompson (Audrey); sister-in-law, Sylvia Thompson; and many nieces, nephews, other family and numerous friends.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held Friday, October 22, 2021 at 11:00 AM, with visitation one hour prior, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover. Burial to follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. 763-497-5362.


10 Guestbook Entries

  1. Keith Thompson

    Sorry to hear. Will not able to attend the funeral as I will be having surgery on my shoulder the day of the funeral. I will miss him greatly
    Keith and Margaret

  2. Lloyd Cyr

    Kinsley was a good friend, we served on the Krankfort township board together. He used to cut down the dead trees in the woods at our home near Dayton. He kept the woods nice and clean. He cut it up for fire wood. Around Christmas in the last few years we wood have a phone visit. I enjoyed the visits because we shared a lot of fond memories.
    Rest in peace Kingsley. Lloyd Cyr

  3. Marion Conwell

    What a special teacher and a kind and giving man. He taught boys in his science classes to carry their wallets in their front pockets, not back. They were less likely to fall out or be pickpocketed.

  4. Jim Schmidt, Camp Onomia

    I offer words of consolation and of Thanksgiving for the life of Kinsley and the impact he has made on one of his favorite places… Camp Onomia. His auctioneering skills raised thousands of dollars in support of this camp, he served many years on the Board of Directors, and was happy to point out to me the many roofs in camp that he helped shingle! Camp is a wonderful place in many ways due to Kinsley’s dedication to this ministry. His impact here will be felt long after his passing. Thank you for your work. You will be missed!

  5. Gloria Shedlov and Steve Shedlov

    We will miss kind hearted Kinsley so much. He shared many teaching stories with us over the years and shared a common interest in harvesting apples! He always was thinking about others. What a great, knowledgeable guy!
    Our deepest sympathy to dear Karan & whole family!

  6. Jill Johnson

    Kinsley was one of the nicest people. He always had time for me when I would talk about teaching. He gave me many tips on how to do things in the classroom to make learning fun for the kids. He completely appreciated each and every volunteer at the Hanover food shelf. Kinsley will be missed.

  7. Tom & Deb Cook

    Kinsley was ONE IN A MILLION! He lived his faith by his many acts of kindness and service and was indeed a man of prayer. His positive attitude and wonderful sense of humor were always such an encouragement. He blessed us. Our heartfelt sympathy to you, Karan and the whole family.

  8. Darlene Bechtold

    Kinsley was one of a kind. When talking with him, his wry smile always made you wonder what his next “words of wisdom” were going to be. He and his lovely wife, Karan, were great friends of mine.
    RIP Kinsley
    Darlene Bechtold

  9. Toni

    Karan and family, so sorry to hear of Kinsley’s death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Toni and Tony Duerr

  10. Deb Spencer

    Karan and family, My thoughts and prayers are being sent to you. I am just learning about Kinsley’s passing. I loved talking to him and he helped me feel comfortable when I started working at STMA 1989. When speaking to Kinsley you always knew you have a few laughs and walk away in such a better mood.


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