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ORAL ROBERT COMPSON Hillcrest Memorial Center There are those rare people among us, called to service on Earth who come from humble beginnings and who never complain of their lacking. Instead, they use their lives as a beacon of courage and inspiration to show what a life of service before self can be like. 1 Peter 4:10. Our father and husband to Marina, retired USAF Captain Oral Robert Compson, spent his entire life in service to others. Born 30 December, 1948 in Valley City, North Dakota, Dad spent over 20 years' service in the United States Air Force which took him to many duty stations including Aviano, AFB in Italy, where he met our mother at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris, France. Their 40 year marriage was a testament of unity and taught us, his daughters, Amanda and Kris-Anna, many thingsbut above all, the true meaning of commitment. So this isn't an obituary as much as it is a final thank you and celebration of a life that gave greatly and rarely, if ever, asked for much in return. Dad was always making to do lists so in true fashion, here is our list of thanks to you; Thank you Dad, for the unseen and often thankless service to others that you modeled your entire lifewe noticed. You made a difference in countless people's livesmost of all, ours. Thank you for your service to our countrywe are VERY proud of you. Thank you for being our father and for instilling in us a moral compass that always brought us back to true North on the occasions we got lost. Thank you for giving us a life in which we understood our tremendous blessings and that those blessings mandate an obligation to others in our lives. Luke 12: 42-48. Thank you for the letters you wrote us in college (we saved them), for being our Valentine every year, for your extreme generosity, for going to our games and teaching us how to fish, use power tools, cut down trees and build fences and sheds! Thank you for being a good provider, we never had a want. Thank you for always being there during tough spots in our lives. Thank you for teaching us to drivea tremendous show of bravery we think! Thank you for being our original knight in shining armor so that when the very excellent men we would marry, Tim and Brian, came into our lives we would recognize them. Thanks for finding Mom, she was the biggest and best fish you ever caught. Thank you for giving us your talent of art, music and naturethose are gifts that will last our entire lives. So Dad, until we meet againand we will, we love you, we miss you and we celebrate your gift of life with many, many lists of thanks. John 3:16. Always, Your GirlsMarina, Amanda & Kris-Anna. Robert is survived by his mother Deloris Compson of Whapeton, ND, his brothers and sisters; Rod and Doreen Compson of Jameson, ND, Billy Joe Compson of Fargo, ND, Renee Compson of Fairmount, ND and Judy and Ken Knudson of Whapeton, ND. Four daughters; Amanda Compson and Tim Helwick, Kris-Anna and Lt. Col. Brian Mack, USAF, Lynette and Jason Mark of Fargo, ND, Dawn and Ryan Mark of Arizona and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his father Robert and brother Robin. Interment will be at the Eastern Washington Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake, WA.
Published in Tri-City Herald on June 23, 2016
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