Lynch — Ivan "Keith" Thomson, also known as "Beef," 59, of Lynch, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at Niobrara Valley Hospital in Lynch.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 at Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Lynch with a 7 p.m. wake service.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 at the church in Lynch. Fr. Bernard Starman will officiate.
Burial will be in the Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Cemetery in Lynch.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Spencer is in charge of the arrangements.
Keith was born on Dec. 22, 1960, to Ivan J. and Dorothy (Purviance) Thomson, the third child of eight. He grew up in Lynch and attended Lynch Public School, graduating in 1979. He was active in football, basketball, track and baseball. He also worked the Omaha World Herald paper route. After high school Keith attended college at the University of Springfield graduating with a degree in automotive in 1981.
Keith continued his education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in wildlife biology. It was there that he met Cindy Woitalewicz. They were married in 1983. To this union Samantha Anna Lee Thomson was born.
They resided in Plattsmouth while Keith was employed with Nebraska Game and Parks. Later he was transferred to Tecumseh by the Game and Parks. Keith later was employed by Cable TV in Holdrege and Broken Bow. He returned to Lynch to work at Three River Telco in 1989 where he continued to work for 31 years.
On July 24, 1993, he was united in marriage to Gina Marie Larson. To this union five children were born. Larissa (17), Trevor (15), Connor (14), Sierra (11) and Makayla (5).
Keith had many talents. He specialized in taxidermy, construction, wood working, mechanics and more. He also enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, shooting sports, Husker football and western movies.
He loved his children and grandchildren. Spending time with them, teaching them his talents and going hunting, fishing, playing ice hockey, sledding, coaching baseball and soccer and attending all their extra-curricular activities. Keith also coached his kids in shooting sports for 10 years helping them compete at many state and national events. He was very proud of all their accomplishments.
Keith is survived by his wife Gina (Larson) Thomson; six children Larissa, Trevor, Connor, Sierra and Makayla of Page and Samantha (Philip) Griffin of Snellville, GA and their four children Macie, Haylee, Walker and Christian; his mother Dorothy Thomson of Lynch; and siblings, Denis Thomson of Norfolk, Kevin Thomson of Lynch, Jim Thomson of Calloway, Mike Thomson of Lynch, Michelle Thomson of Pierce and Deanna Mulhair of Palmyra; father- and mother-in-law Lynn and Jane Larson of Page; two sisters-in-law Marina Larson of Robbinsdale, MN and Valerie Livingston of Orchard; as well as aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father Ivan, one sister Cindy, maternal grandparents Roy and Helen Purviance, paternal grandparents Clayton and Icle Thomson and one brother-in-law, Craig Livingston.