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June 26, 1971 – Monday, August 14, 2012

Service Information
Red Lake Community Center
Sunday, August 19, 2012
10:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Red Lake Community Center
Fri. 8/17 & Sat. 8/18
Beginning at 7:00 P.M.

Chad Allen Thompson “Thunder Eagle”, age 41, of Detroit Lake, Minnesota journeyed to the Spirit World on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at his residence.

Chad was born on June 26, 1971 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Jack Marvin Thompson and Margaret Mary Sayers.

Chad and Tina Barnett were married on November 5, 2010.

Shortly after Chad & Tina had their first baby, Chad found out he had cancer. He received treatment and recovered for a few years. They later had a second baby.

Chad tried to live each day of his life smiling and joking no matter what was going on. He said he was not afraid of dying, only leaving his family and children behind. Chad was a Spirit Warrior on this earth to do good and help people. He was so loved! He will be missed very much!

Chad was a great family member, husband, father and friend.

He roofed with his father and brother for a few years. Chad volunteered with The A.I.M. Patrol from 1983-1987 trying to learn more about his native traditions while helping make the streets safer for Native people to walk.

When he became an adult, he moved to Wisconsin where he became a volunteer firefighter and security guard for The St. Croix Casino. He had three children: two sons and a daughter.

After some years, he moved back to Minneapolis and worked as a proud Security Guard armed and unarmed. Something happened which lead him to want to move to Red Lake with his brother Gordon, until he went on to get his own place where his three oldest children came to live with him.

When they grew up and moved out, he returned to Minneapolis. He got back in touch with a woman that would soon become his wife and mother of his last two children. They bought a house in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.
He enjoyed being around family, fishing, hunting and pow-wows.

Survived by his loving wife: Tina Thompson of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; children: Robert Jones of St. Paul, Minnesota, Allen Mosay and Chelsea Thompson both of Hertel, Wisconsin, Christina Thompson and Alexis Thompson both of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; his father: Jack Thompson of Minneapolis; his mother: Margaret Sayers of Red lake, Minnesota; brothers: Gordon Thompson Sr. of Red Lake, Jack Auginash of Minneapolis and William Auginash of Minneapolis and by a sister: Tracy Saice of Red Lake; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his son: Taylor Thompson and by a granddaughter.

Funeral Services for Chad Allen Thompson “Thunder Eagle” will be held on Sunday, August 19th at 10:00 A.M. at The Red Lake Community Center. Please be at the Center Prior to services. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake.

All night wakes will be held on Friday, August 17th and Saturday, August 18th beginning at 7:00 P.M. at The Red Lake Community Center.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be all of Chad’s Brothers and Cousins.

Casket Bearers will be Travis Bunker, Justin Barnett, Derek Francis, Jamie Ranberg, Frank Paquette and Leon Staples.

Alternate Casket Bearers will be Joseph Ranberg and Terrance Paquette.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Rob Beaulieu & Fam of Robbie and Linden

    My thoughts and prayers go to his wife and children. Thoughts, love and prayers to Allen & CHELSEY! GoD Speed, CHADWICK!

  2. Renee Mosay

    Creator never gives us more than we can handle. It’s just his time, so be strong my two and remember its not goodbye but truly “Until we meet again on the other side.” Chelsea and Allan James, you be strong and the creator watch over you two and protect you. Your father was a good man. You have had your lives turned over, inside out, and back from it all. He loved you very much. Until we meet again, Chaddyboy.
    Love and respect, Renee

  3. Angie Johnson

    Thank you for being a part of my life, brother. All of our struggles together only made our bond that much stronger. I know Taylor was there waiting for you. In my heart…you will live forever. I love you brother.
    Always, Angie

  4. Paul Gustafson

    Truly sad to learn of the loss of my cousin. Rest in Peace.

  5. Susan Fitzpatrick

    My sympathy to you, Tina, and your family. I didn’t know Chad well, only as his nurse at Essentia Health. I always was happy to see him. He had such a great sense of humor and always brightened my day whenever I saw him.

  6. Natashia Santio

    I was fortunate enough to get to meet and know Chad when he lived in Minneapolis. In the short time we spent together he made such an impact in my life. He was always laughing, smiling and making me see the better in everyone. It grieves me to know that he is gone, but his memory will be with me forever. My prayers go out to his wife and children. I am very sorry for your loss. Chad was a great person with a heart of gold, he will be missed.


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