Elton Carl Thompson

October 18, 1966 ~ December 10, 2012

Visitation will be from 4 until 7 PM on Friday, December 14, 2012 at Heartland Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 10 AM on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Heritage Lutheran Church, Brandon, with Pastor Sandy Soye officiating. Interment will follow at Hills of Rest Cemetery of Sioux Falls, with Full Military Rights.

Elton Carl Thompson was born October 18, 1966, to Vernon and Jeanette (Sylliaasen) Thompson in Sioux Falls. He was raised and educated in Brandon and graduated from Brandon Valley High School in 1985. He worked with his older brother at Brandon Materials for a while before enlisting in the US Navy. Petty Officer 2ed Class Thompson proudly served as a Machinist Mate on the aircraft carrier, USS Kennedy and was stationed in the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm. In 1992, after six years in the Navy, Elton returned to Sioux Falls and began working for Pam Oil. He enrolled in HVAC training at South-East Technical School. Upon graduation, Elton took a position at Tessier’s doing Residential/Commercial HVAC repair.

Elton was a quiet person who was totally comfortable at home with his computer and games he loved to play. His favorites consisted of Dungeons and Dragons and Everquest. He will be deeply missed by his online friends and competitors. Elton also loved his pets; Brutis, Red Sonja and his lizard.

Sadly Elton, age 46, of Brandon, died Monday, December 10, 2012 at his home.

Elton is survived by his two brothers, Kevin (Melanie), Marathon, FL and Mark (Laura), Brandon; two sisters, Michelle (Jeff) Adams, Round Rock, TX and Penny (JC) Whetzel, Camarillo, CA; and two sister-in-laws, Darla Thompson, Fenton, MO and Connie Thompson, St. Charles, MO and many nieces and nephews.
Elton was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Jeanette (Sylliaasen) Thompson and two brothers, Don and Curt Thompson.

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  • Lon Hatcher says:

    Elton; a good friend, a great guy, like a long-lost brother to me. May you find peace my friend and brother, you’ll always be with us in memory, thought, and prayer. You are sorely missed, and the world a lesser place without you.

    Lon Hatcher

  • Mindy Kidder says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Elton’s family and friends during this very sad time of loss. Elton was a very special person. May God fill your hearts with peace.

  • Mike & Theresa Arbach says:

    Elton was a kind and generous person and will be greatly missed. He had such a wonderful spirit about him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Elton’s family and other friends.

  • Jane Vanorny says:

    May God hold your hand and lead you home, You will be greatly missed!

  • sherry and scottie says:

    Elton was a good friend and neighbor of ours for yrs we would walk together sometimes!!!! He will be so missed. My heart goes out to his family and friends…God Bless!!!!

  • Michelle and Zadok Brunz says:

    I have never met anyone like Elton before. He was a very kind person. Always willing to help when it was needed. He gave one heck of a backrub in a barstool! You will be greatly missed my friend. May your family find strength and peace now and forever.

  • Paul & Dal Dayland says:

    We will miss you, Elton! Why did this have to happen?

  • Sondra Bowden says:

    Mark, sorry for your loss. He looks so much like you.

  • Jean & Mike Severson says:

    So very sad .Elton was always eager to smile and had a silly side . He made the best Krumkaka and would donate some to the many bake sales . He loved joking about being a Norwegian. He is missed.
    Our condolences to his family and friends.

  • Ian Brandsgaard says:

    My deepest sympathies to the family. May God bless and guide you all through this tragic time.

  • Sir Elton…you were a friend to us the first time we ever met. We loved laughing over the same silly British comedies (which
    most people had never heard of). Your quiet laugh, quirky smile, heartfelt conversations, and all around ‘local’ attitude with
    us, will live in our souls forever. You were one of a kind. Our hearts are empty without you standing along side us anymore..
    but your spirit will live on with the memories we have shared together. Until we meet again, our dear friend. God bless..

  • Angie Andre-Lyle says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • marilyn braaten says:

    Elto was a beautiful person inside and out, I was truly blessed to have known him. his family is in my thought and prayers.

  • Dana Larsen says:

    Dear Kevin, Mark, Michelle, Penny and family members,
    Words cannot do justice to convey how sorry I am for your loss. Having grown up with
    you all I have many fond memories of Elton. I too was truly blessed to have shared his life. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do
    please call me at 605-261-6428. Hope you gain some peace knowing your dad, mom and 2 brothers welcomed Elton home with love. Each of you have always been like family to me, so if there is ANYTHING I can do to help in the days ahead don’t hesitate to call. I just learned about Elton’s passing this afternoon, so please forgive me for not attending the services. Thank you so very much for all that your family has done for me, Nicole and others. Elton we will ALL miss you! May the good Lord be with each of you everyday.

    Love Always,
    Dana Larsen

  • Josh Sells says:

    RIP buddy

  • Elton,
    I may not have known you in real life, but my mom and step-dad did. I knew you for eleven years as Cenamin, the Wizard. I met you in 2001 in Everquest and played with you right through a game upgrade to Everquest 2. You were a loyal member and respected officer of my guild, Norrath’s Hope. You were kind and fair as well as generous. I am sure these qualities were also ones you possessed in real life and I am glad that my Mom and Brad got to know you as a person in real life. I truly feel lucky to have fought beside you and been your healer in game all these years. If only I could raise my hands in the air and cast Resurrect, as Reemi has done for Cenamin so many times, I would bring you back to life and replenish all your health. Unfortunately, the real world is not an MMORPG and today is a sore reminder of why we enjoy immersing ourselves in the land of make believe… it’s because sometimes, the real world is a hard pill to swallow. So rest in peace, Elton, my comrade, and know that you are missed.

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