FAMILY WILL GREET FAMILY AND FRIENDS 2 HOURS PRIOR TO SERVICE AT THE SCANDIA METHODIST CHURCH ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27.
Andy Loyd Thompson of Courtland, KS was born Aug. 27, 1919 in a sod house near Dunning, NE to Lillie Almena (Houder) and Rolla Robert Thompson. He died on December 16, 2016, in Belleville, KS at the age of 97 years, 3 months and 19 days. Andy was a life-long farmer and was always trying new ways to improve machinery and crops. Being an inventor, he received 15 patents including an improvement on an Ausherman grain dryer and an outside breather bag for silos (The More Store). Andy was a stockman; raised cattle and built one of the largest hog operations in the County. He was still running the combine when he was past 90. He was instrumental in developing both the Bostwick Irrigation District and the Republic County Rural Water District #1. Andy received the Kansas Bankers Award for Soil Conservation. He was a founding member of the Scandia Industrial Development Corporation, serving 53 years, received a 50-year pin from the Courtland Masons in 2006, a member of the Scandia United Methodist Church, and the Ophel Chapter of the Eastern Star. He was a 1937 graduate of Scandia High School and a true Flying Swede football player, back when they wore leather helmets. Andy enjoyed giving to the community by creating the 4T&J Pond and the NCK Corn Husking Event. He built the Hillside Speedway go-cart racing track for his grandchildren and friends. Andy was married to Esther Loomis, of Concordia, KS, in 1941. They were married 73 years when she passed away on December 14, 2014. To this union four children were born. He was proceeded in death by his parents, his wife, siblings Kathryn, George, Alva, Rex, and Lynn, son Danny Thompson, and grandson Kirk Johnson. Survivors include his sister, Glada (Loren) Isaacson, sisters-in-law: Bernice Thompson, Lucille Spooner & Opal Thompson, children: Shirley & Larry Johnson, Delores & Gerry Thompson, and Joe & Mary Thompson; grandchildren: Gayle (Vinnie) Pfannenstiel, Kristy (Brad) Shrader, (Barbara) Johnson, Jeff (Regine) Thompson, Jill (Frank) Nanne, Tobie (Brad) VanMeter, Heidi (Tony) Bivens, Leigh (Mike) Gritten, Crystal (Chris) Freed, Danielle Thompson, Sarah, Andrew, and Emily Thompson; great grandchildren: Alex Pfannenstiel, Kanya (Erik) Peterson, Amanda (Scott) Woodard, Chelsea Freed (Chase Dickson), Audrey Gritten, Kain Nanne (Mesi Haty), Taylor (John) Imel, Carly (Kade) Odell, Seth VanMeter (Bridget Clancy), Joey Johnson, Averie Gritten, Ty Bivens, Cody Bivens, Andrew Gritten, Justin Johnson, Jason Johnson, Courtney Freed, Casey Freed, Luke Pfannenstiel, Jack Thompson, Brandon Shrader, Julia Johnson, Tristan Burnham, Noah Pfannenstiel, Saige VanMeter, Ryan Shrader, Dane Thompson, Grace Pfannenstiel, and Tre Thompson; and great-great grandchildren: Bailey Freed, Briley Pfannenstiel, Caleb Woodard, Bradley Pfannenstiel, Carter Woodard, Chloe Woodard, Claire Odell, and Addilyn Dickson, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 27 th at 2:00 p.m. at the Scandia United Methodist Church with Pastor Kathy Aeillo officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery. Family will be greeting family and friends before the service from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, there will be no viewing at the funeral home. Memorials to the Scandia United Methodist Church and other family choices. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, Kansas.