Doris E. (Klaus) Thompson

Doris E. (Klaus) Thompson

July 14, 1928 – January 24, 2023

Doris E. Thompson (Klaus), 94, passed away on January 24, 2023 at the Fountain View Sr. Care Facility in Omaha, NE, where she had lived for the last 12 years. She was born in Ute, Iowa and was a long-time resident there. She and her husband, Francis owned and operated the Ute Locker for many years.

Doris is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Harbaugh (Thomas) from Monroeville, PA; sons, Myron and Gary from Omaha, NE; daughter in-law, Carol Thompson (Lee) from Cary, NC; sisters, LaRue Tanner (Glenn) and LaDonna King (Vernon). Doris is also survived by nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Doris was the daughter of Ernest and Leona Klaus (Knutson). She was born July 14, 1928 on the family farm near Ute, one of nine children. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Francis; son, Lee; two daughters-in-law, Kristy (Myron) and Julianne (Gary); brothers, Milford (Edith) and Orvan; sisters: Williamette, her twin, Dorothy Fisher (Herald), Wilma Neumann (Herbert) and Sharon Swink (Herman).

She began a teaching career in 1946 in a rural country school near Ute. After working with Francis for many years at the Ute Locker, she taught kindergarten in East Monona School District for 30+ years until her retirement. Doris attended night school and summer school at Drake University while teaching full time, ultimately earning an Elementary Education degree. She was active in the Ute and Soldier communities.

Mom LOVED a road trip! She and Grandma Klaus took us to Norfolk, VA on the train and while there to tour Washington DC and Virginia Beach. Later, she drove us to Colorado, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, San Bernadino, San Diego and Disneyland. She and Dad often traveled to North Carolina, Nevada, Colorado, California and Pennsylvania to visit family and grandchildren. While on the road, her favorite thing to say was, “Does anyone want some pie?” She enjoyed day trips to visit family and grandchildren in Omaha, and various vacations and cruises throughout her life and retirement.

Mom enjoyed embroidery, quilt making and crocheting. She was involved in the quilting circle at St. Paul’s and made countless beautiful projects. She was an avid Bingo player and enjoyed excursions to various casinos between Sioux City and Omaha. She loved playing cards with her family and friends, playing Pinochle, Mauser, 500, Spades and many others. She loved playing games such as Yahtzee and Aggravation. Although slowed by worsening dementia in the last few years, she was always up for a rousing game of Yahtzee.

She was a member of Saint Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ute, IA, all of her life, being baptized, confirmed and married there. Her funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on Monday, February 27, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. with an hour of visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be at St. Clair Cemetery in Ute immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in memory of Doris E. Thompson to the Dementia Society of America by mail to PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901, or online at Or if you prefer, to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 303 E. 4th Street, Ute, IA 51060.


  • Mary and Dan Henrich Posted February 16, 2023 2:56 pm

    Your mom was always one of my favorites, She and her twin (Carolyn) together so much fun. She was strong, independent, yet charitable and loving. Since Tom counted her as family, I could also claim her as family. I can almost hear her dancing on that one angel cloud reserved for tap shoes.

  • Craig corn Posted February 16, 2023 5:58 pm

    Rest in peace Mrs. Thompson. She was a great friend to my Mom as well as our family. Thank you for giving me a GREAT foundation from kindergarten ! My sympathy to the entire family!

  • Cari Ulven kennedy Posted February 16, 2023 6:45 pm

    My sincerest condolences for all your family. Your mom was my kindergarten teacher & I loved her. She was wonderful for so many kids starting school.

  • Vickie Allen Posted February 16, 2023 9:40 pm

    Mrs Thompson was my Kindergarten teacher in 1965. She’s someone I will never forget. She was patient with all my tears as a shy child requesting my brother to come from his class to comfort me. My sympathies. Victoria Allen (Angove)

  • Minnie (Lee) Johnson Posted February 17, 2023 12:36 pm

    Spent many of my Ute high school days with Doris & Dorthy and remember all the family ..They were a class ahead of
    me, ,Dorothy and I attended nursing school together . Many fond memories. Condolances, Minnie Johnson

  • Nancy Jurgens Posted February 17, 2023 9:15 pm

    Dearest Carolyn, Myron and Gary, and families, I am so very sorry to hear about your precious mom’s passing. She and your dad were such an awesome couple and they had an awesome family. Please know you have our deepest sympathy, hugs and prayers. May God Bless you all. I am hoping to see you all at your mom’s service! Sincerely, Jim & Nancy Keating Jurgens

  • Evelyn Thies Posted February 18, 2023 10:43 am

    My deepest sympathy to all the family. I knew Doris thru our church and Frances inspected our K-T Lunch wagon. Gary was a Sunday school student of mine. Such a nice family! My husband Vernon, passed away in November and I think he was in Doris’ class years ago.

  • Lucia Posted February 19, 2023 6:21 pm

    We are thinking of you with our sympathy.
    Lucia Lincoln and Bill Magill

  • Janine Waldrop, Posted February 19, 2023 7:12 pm

    Dear Carolyn, Tom and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I hope to see you at your Mom’s funeral, weather providing. I would love to see you and give you a hug. Your Mom was a very special lady and I have special memories of being at your house. Your house was always a Happy House!!! Love, Janine

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