From the Conway Daily Sun: Harry D. Thompson, 103, passed away peacefully at his Tamworth home on Tuesday Sept. 11, 2012 with his family by his side.
A member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Harry was born in 1909 in South Dakota, the oldest of 12 children of Harry W. Thompson and Mary “Mamie” DeSmet Thompson. Harry grew up near the Missouri River in Lower Brule’s Fort Hale District and was an accomplished hunter and trapper at a young age. After graduating from the Santee Normal Training School (Nebraska), where he met his future wife, Harry trained as an arborist with the Davey Tree Company. Harry and Dr. Doris Sidwell Thompson were married in 1933 and moved to Danvers, Mass. He completed an agricultural degree at the UMASS Stockbridge School of Agriculture. They later settled in Tamworth where they established a working vegetable and strawberry farm. Harry hunted and trapped extensively throughout the region and in 2001 was inducted into the NH Trappers Assocation’s Trappers Hall of Fame. In 2008, the town of Tamworth honored him with the Boston Post Cane.
Harry served in the US Army during World War II and was a proud member of the 10th Mountain Division.
Harry was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Doris, as well as eight siblings. Surviving family members include his daughter, Jane Thompson Witzel and her husband, Erich, of Meriden, and their two daughters, Meri and Amy; brother, Elgin Thompson; sisters, Feanette West and Evelyn Mackey; and his many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins in South Dakota and across the country.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held later this fall at Saint Andrew’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church (Tamworth). A second service with full military honors will be held in South Dakota in the fall of 2013.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Tamworth Community Nurses Association, Tamworth, NH 03886. Lord Funeral Home in Center Ossipee is in charge of arrangements. If you wish to express condolences visit

Harry Thompson, Tamworth oldest resident, passes away
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