Bernerd “Bernie” E. Thompson, age 78, of Grove passed away on Monday, April 8, 2019 at Wildwood Ranch Nursing Facility in Joplin, Missouri.

Bernie was born on May 28, 1940 to Larry and Zelma (Hainline) Thompson in Ottumwa, Iowa, where he grew up and graduated high school. In 1959, Bernie joined the United States Army and proudly served his country for three years.

On May 31, 1974 he married Patricia Thorne in Keokuk, Iowa and the couple made their home in Iowa, later in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Maryland. In 1985, the couple moved to Grove. Bernie was an entrepreneur and in 1987, together they opened “Thompson’s Buffett” and later on “The Real Estate Group” real estate appraisal service.

Bernie was a member of Church of the Shepherd and the Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed fishing, reading, researching and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother and stepfather.

He is survived by his wife, Patty Thompson of Grove; children: Melina Harbour of North Liberty, Iowa, Kelly Duncan of Pekin, Illinois, Michael Thompson and wife, Jill of Edmond, Oklahoma and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Nichols-Stephens Funeral & Cremation Services. Pastor Mike Whitney officiated. Burial was at Olympus Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Nichols-Stephens Funeral & Cremation Services.