James Raymond Thompson, 72, was born Feb. 23, 1947 in Aitkin, to Robert and Ethel (Piispanen, Resch) Thompson.  

Jim died Jan. 8, 2020 in Sun City, Ariz. due to a chronic illness.

Jim is survived by wife Marsha, daughter Elizabeth, siblings: Robert (Carolyn), Dennis (Debbie), Annette (Mike) and cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jim graduated from Aitkin High School in 1965. He was a Vietnam veteran serving in the Army 1969-1971. He earned degrees in filmmaking and photography and worked 33 years in film and video production. After retirement he was a freelance photographer showing his Vietnam, street, and event photographs in many venues.

Future interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Donations may be made to American Lung Association or tafcares.org.

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