Services have been scheduled for Robert Thompson, the first full-time administrator of the Nebraska Farm Bureau.

An obituary notice said Thompson died Sunday in Lincoln after a long illness. He was 93.

Farm Bureau President Keith Olsen says Thompson's leadership was widely respected, "not only in Nebraska, but nationally."

Under Thompson's 32 years at the day-to-day helm, the bureau expanded from its state policy focus to add services for insurance, agricultural supplies and animal health products. He retired in 1981.

A memorial service for Thompson has been set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Lincoln's Eastridge Presbyterian Church.

Founded in 1917, the Nebraska Farm Bureau is an agricultural organization that represents more than 50,000 member families.

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