In Memory of Terry J. Thomson

Terry J. Thomson
Terry J. Thomson
Born: September 1, 1957
Died: October 17, 2018
Age: 61
Send Condolences
Terry J. Thomson
September 1, 1957 - October 17, 2018
From: Arthur, IA

Terry J. Thomson, age 61, of Arthur, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at his home in Arthur, Iowa.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Father Richard D. Ball will officiate with Committal Services following in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Terry J. Thomson was born September 1, 1957, in Ida Grove, Iowa. He was the son of R.D. “Wayne” and Karllynn “Connie” (Kreft) Thomson. Terry grew up on a farm near Ida Grove and received his education at Ida Grove High School graduating with the class of 1975. 

After high school, Terry started farming and began his cattle business. On November 10, 1979, Terry was united in marriage to Carol Gaffney in Omaha, NE. The couple made their home on a farm near Ida Grove. They were blessed with three children: Morgan, Meghan and Judd. Carol fondly referred to her husband as her “love muffin”, which always brought a smirk to his face. 

Terry was a former member of the Ida County Cattleman’s Association and was involved with the Western Iowa Progress Show. He was very proud of his Thomson Club Calves and raising show cattle for 4-H members. Terry was a hard worker who loved being outside working with his cattle. In 1994, Terry and Carol moved to the family farm located north of Arthur, IA where they were currently residing.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife Carol Thomson of Arthur, IA; daughter Morgan (Preston) Youngren of Odebolt, IA and their children Jayden Thomson, Jayston Paulson, Brady, Wynn and Kal Youngren; daughter Meghan Thomson of Omaha, NE; son Judd (Janet) Thomson of Odebolt, IA and their son Teel; sisters JoDee (Jeff) Hewitt and Tammi (Jamie) Hewitt both of Ida Grove, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; aunts and uncles; brother-in-law Jim Owens; niece Michaela Kirkebak; cousins Jerry Thomson and Hannah Thompson.



10:30 a.m., Wednesday
October 24, 2018
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Father Richard D. Ball


Judd Thomson
Preston Youngren
Roger Frank
Fred Renze
Ron Lorenzen
Terry Oxendale

Honorary Pallbearers
Jayden Thomson
Jayston Paulson
Brady Youngren
Wynn Youngren
Kal Youngren
Teel Thomson


5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Tuesday
October 23, 2018
Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Kay Bloyer, Organist
Joey Hoefling, Cantor

"Be Not Afraid"
"Here I Am Lord"
"I Can Only Imagine" by Mercy Me
"Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 11:44 AM
“My sympathies on your loss. I remember a lot of good times on the Progress Show with Terry.”
- Lisa Kruger
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 11:44 AM
“Carol, so sorry to hear of your loss. Know that we will lift your family up in prayer at this time.
Karen & Warren”
- Karen & Warren Linafelter (Zink)
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 11:55 AM
“Sorry for your loss.
- Terry Meeves
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 10:34 AM
“My family and I would like to extend our Deepest Sympathies and condolenses especially to Terry's Family and all the Thomson Family Group. My family had a very close bond/relation ship with the whole Thomson Family, especially my Dad & Wayne and my wonderful connection with Wayne & Family also, but especially Grandma & Grandpa Thomson thru my special friend Scott Witte and his wonderful Parents.
Again my Sincere Thoughts and Prayers are with you at this time of Terry's passing,
Bryan B. Compton (Bruce & Marjorie Compton's Son)”
- Bryan B. Compton & Family
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 9:04 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”
- Faith and Denny johnson
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 9:04 AM
“A show cattle enthusiast, I will miss my yearly visit with terry. Judd is doing a fine job continuing the cow/calf operation that Terry started. Thinking of your whole family. ”
- Matt Lautner
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 9:03 AM
“U fought the battle & put up really good fight & now it’s over May u Rest In Peace & May ur memories live on in ur family as god comfort ur family in the day ahead ”
- Charlie “tuna” schnirring
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 9:03 AM
“As a young child, going to visit Terry while doing chores was a treat! So sorry for your loss Thomson family. ”
- Rohlk Family
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 9:03 AM
“Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you Carol and your entire family. Terry was a very nice man and will be deeply missed for sure. May you feel God‘s comfort in the days to come.”
- Bob & Leah Fineran
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 3:42 PM
“Meghan and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.”
- Daryn, Cathi, and Aylee Morriss
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 3:42 PM
“Carol & family,
We are sorry for your loss. Thankful Terry’s struggle is over. We will continue to lift you in prayer as you go through this difficult time. Hugs💜”
- Kyle & Stephanie Ullrich
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 9:12 AM
“Carol & family:
So sorry for your loss - praying for God to comfort you all.”
- Jeff & Terri Ullrich
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 2:32 PM
“So sorry for your loss.. You fought the good fight. You were a faithful friend in times of need indeed. Wishing you peace and comfort in the days ahead. I know that you have fond memories to carry you through these times.
- Jan Monahan
Click Here If You Would Like To Leave Your Condolences