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Larry Thompson Sr.

February 28, 2016

Larry Thompson, Sr., 77, went to be with his Lord on February 28, 2016. His life was dedicated to serving the Lord and leading others to Christ. He was born in Swanville, MN to Theadore Thompson and Crystal Burch in 1938. Larry grew up on a lakeshore in Northern Minnesota where he attended a one-room schoolhouse. The family moved to California where he graduated from Poly High School in Riverside, CA. In 1961 while attending Life Bible College in Los Angeles, CA he married the love of his life, Mollie Wade Thompson. He graduated from seminary in 1963. They were assistant pastors in El Cerrito, CA before moving to Concordia, KS in 1964 to pastor the Four Square Church. Larry also was a pastor in South Dakota before moving his family to Newton, KS in 1971 where he pastored Hillcrest Community Church for almost 30 years before retiring.


He served the Newton Community not only as a church leader, but as a member of the Substance Abuse board from 1978-1984 and was a 1992 class graduate of Leadership Newton.


Larry was proceeded in death by his father, Theadore Thompson, mother Crystal Thompson and brothers Ted and Tommy Thompson. Larry is survived by his wife, Mollie Thompson, daughters Desiree and her husband Kent Martens, Melissa and her husband Larry Beck and son, Larry Thompson, Jr and his wife, Angela as well as 9 grandchildren, John and his wife Roxanne, Alex, Kenzie Martens and Madison, Kennedy, Jack Beck and London, Lauren, Olivia Thompson.


A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mennonite Brethren Church, 610 West Randall in Hesston, KS. Memorials may be made to New Life Covenant Youth Camp Scholarship fund, 2301 North Hoover Rd. Wichita, KS 67205.





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22 thoughts on “Larry Thompson Sr.

  1. Oh Mollie. My heart goes out to you and your family. You and Larry had a full and rich life together. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend.

  2. Mollie (and family),

    I am so very sorry to hear about Larry. My heart goes out to you, and you are in my thoughts and prayers my dear friend. I remember visiting you a few years ago and how much fun we had, and I’ll cherish those memories. Even though I am far away, I am here for you always If you ever need a thing.


  3. Steve and I are so very sorry for the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. ” 2 Timothy 4:7 He fought the good fight and finished the race”. He led an exemplary life to us all. God bless you in your sorrow.

  4. I believe Larry his wife went to Israel with my parents (Don & Florence Claassen). They thought the world of Larry & Mollie. Sorry for your loss.

  5. Larry Sr. You may rest now in peace, hold thy hand of the one you served. The boy you raised Larry Jr. is so proud and honored to have a father like you. He always mentioned you in our conversations. Please bring peace over my friends tonight. God bless you all.

  6. Larry was a wonderful, kind and compassionate man. When he taught the word he brought incredible depth and insight in a way that made it accessible to all who listened. He taught us to plumb the depths end expect a harvest of God’s infinite love and goodness. He always taught and ministered always through the eyes of love of the Father, never through religion, so grace could manifest and transform the listener. He will be greatly missed.

  7. Mollie & family, I know you are surrounded by God’s love and peace and He will get you through this great loss. I so enjoyed working with Larry when he was interim pastor at Hesston MB.

  8. We were all saddened to hear the news of Larry passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family. Mollie, you and Larry have been such a special part our family’s lives, thank you. Larry will always be in our hearts! Our deepest condolences and much Love, The VanPelt’s

  9. Mollie and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Larry. My first memories or Larry and Mollie was at Foursquare Youth Camps in Missouri. In 1985 Larry preformed my wedding to Bob Hoover. You have always been a very special couple and family. Love and prayers to all of you. Linda Hoover

  10. Mollie and family
    I just heard today of Larry’s passing and I have been praying for you all. I agree with Cherilyn’s comments about
    Larry’s teaching. My how you both ministered to me while in Newton. I love you, appreciate
    you and pray for strength and comfort in the days ahead.
    Bev Shipping Smith

  11. It was truly a pleasure knowing and working with Larry over the years. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Be comforted knowing that he is walking those streets of gold.

  12. Goodbye to a man I so loved. Him & his family have loved me through life. Colossians 2:10, you are complete in him, Big Larry has taught us all how to have a full life. Mollie, Des,Melissa, & Larry, thank you for sharing him. Love you!

  13. To Mooly, Despite Missy and Little Larry, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I remember getting to go live with your family as a little girl in Belle Fourche all because you got to go to Church 3 times a week and you got to wear Dresses.an the fun memories Thank you for loving me and my family.
    Vanessa Warren Ellis, Myria Luaine Feb Ed Tim & Guss Warren. Thank you for shining God’s Love into our lives.

  14. Pastor Larry and Mollie and family meant so much to me in the late 70s & 80s. They taught me a more personal relationship with the Lord. I will never forget the kindness of Pastor Larry. We will see him again with our Father in paradise. My heart goes out to the family at this time.

  15. Larry was the godliest man I know. His wisdom had to come from God. His wisdom in dealing with life always inspired me. Molly and family I am so sorry. I pray God gives you His comfort and strength. Always!

  16. I attended LIFE with Larry. He arranged a double date situation. Last I heard he was pastoring in S. Dakota. Sorry to learn of his passing so many years later.

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