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Rolland “Spud” Thompson

May 28, 1952 — October 4, 2020

Rolland “Spud” Thompson

Memorial service for Rolland “Spud” Thompson, 68, of Dickinson, will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 12, 2020 at Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson, with Pastor Ross Reinhiller officiating. Burial will follow at the ND Veterans Cemetery.

Spud passed away Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Marian Manor Healthcare, Glen Ullin.

For those attending, please adhere to the social distancing guidelines as suggested by the Health Department. To view the livestream of the Memorial Service, please visit Stevenson Funeral Home website –

Spud was born in Portland, Oregon on May 28, 1952, the son of James and Betty (McDonald) Thompson. He had an adventurous childhood, living in Alaska, France, Texas, Kansas and North Dakota. He graduated in 1970 in Larimore, North Dakota. Rolland enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in Tampa, Florida and Grand Forks, North Dakota. While in Texas, he attended tech school for welding. Spud came to Dickinson in 1981 to work in the oilfield, doing various rig jobs. He later married Cassie Birdsall. Spud worked as a structural welder, constructing grain elevators and additions to the elevators in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Colorado until his eye sight prevented him from welding. Wherever Spud was he managed to join a bowling league. He bowled several years on the Amateur Bowling Tour (ABT) in the Twin Cities and Colorado. While in Dickinson, Spud bowled league four nights a week and often bowled the first shift at Classic Lanes and the late shift at Paragon Bowl. His proud moments were bowling league and tournaments with his son, Scotty. In 2016, he was inducted into the Dickinson Bowling Association Hall of Fame. Spud also spent many years racing dirt track enduro races, the Montana Bump-n-Run races and several demolition derbies.

Spud is survived by his wife, Cassie; children, Jess (Cindy) of Surrey B.C., Canada, Cory (Lauren) of Pascagoula, MS, Scott (Amber) of Dickinson; nine grandchildren, Corrie, Nikola, Roiel, Cally, Aaden, Emmy, Kaitlyn, Hailey and Brayden; siblings, Robert “Bobby” (Lynn) Thompson of San Antonio, TX, Angela “Tater” (Errol) Hern of Tacoma, WA, DeMaris Strohm of Seattle, WA, Christy (Steve) Sleider of Burlington, WI, Nikki Edwards of Tacoma, WA; mother-in-law, Peggy Birdsall of Dickinson; brothers-in-law, Mike (Jenny) Birdsall of Cupertino, CA, Dodie Birdsall of Boise, ID; sisters-in-law, Carolyn (Bob) Fischer of Bismarck, Stephanie Farstveet and Rory Farstveet of Beach.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; Aunt, Lori McDonald; sisters, Renee and Robin; father-in-law, Sam Birdsall; sister-in-law, Marlene.

Memorials may be given to the Marion Manor and Stark County Veterans Memorial.

Spud’s family would like to thank all of his caregivers at the Marion Manor for caring for Spud this past year.
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