Howard L. Tompkins

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A memorial service for Howard L. Tompkins, 86, of Rochester, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at Christ United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Martha Hendricks officiating. Private burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, and also one hour prior to the service at the church.

Howard Lowell Tompkins was born Jan. 4, 1927, in Williamstown, Mo., to Harry and Laura Lee (Howard) Tompkins. He died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at his home.

Howard lived most of his life in Rochester and graduated from Rochester High School in 1944. He played on the 1944 men's basketball team that went to the state tournament. He served in the United States Navy from 1944-1946 and graduated from Hamline University. He later did graduate work at the University of Colorado, UCLA and Stanford. On June 10, 1950, he married Jane Hegge in Rochester, and she passed away on March 16, 2009. 

Howard taught and coached men's basketball in Hanska and Le Center before moving back to Rochester. He taught at Rochester High School, John Marshall High School and Mayo High School for 30 years, retiring in 1986. Most of his career was spent as a math teacher. He was head basketball coach from 1956-1960 and took one team to the state tournament.

He enjoyed collecting and repairing antique clocks, fishing, traveling and spending time with grandchildren and family.

Survivors include his three daughters, Martha (Thomas) Link, Mary Tompkins and Melissa (Angel) Garcia all of Rochester; two grandchildren, Natalie and Alex Garcia; and nieces and nephews, Larry and Lynn Hudnut and Nanette Williams and families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, spouse and one sister, Norma Hudnut.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Mayo Clinic Alzheimer Research or Seasons Hospice.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester MN 55901, 507-289-3600,

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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Dec. 23, 2013
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