Truman Iver Thorsen, 78, of Fergus FallsPublished 11:14am Thursday, August 30, 2012 Updated 1:18pm Thursday, August 30, 2012
He was born on March 17, 1934, in Fergus Falls, the son of Gotfred and Gunhild (Haarstad) Thorsen. He graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1952.
On Oct. 16, 1953, he married Donna Nelson at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls.
He worked for Fergus Falls Ready Mix, Dieseth Construction, and in 1963, he became part owner of M & R Sign Co.
In 1985, he sold his share of the business and acquired a car dealer’s license. For many years he would go to car auctions to buy and sell cars.
In later years he started helping Doug Dahlen with field work and he really enjoyed being back on the farm. Most recently he was helping Coleman Farms.
Truman had a passion for all kinds of car and snowmobile racing. He would either attend them or watch them on TV.
Every day he looked forward to his morning coffee sessions at the Viking Cafe with his friends, and also spending time at the Pool Hall.
He was a member of the Eagles and Elks for more than 50 years.
His grandchildren were a special part of his life. He liked to tease them and tell them jokes. He enjoyed his many moose hunting and fishing trips to Canada.
Truman and Donna did lots of traveling in their motor home, but for the last 15 years they had spent winters in Arizona.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his father- and mother-in-law, Clifford and Lillian Nelson; and his sister-in-law, Maggie (Don) Nelson.
Survivors include his wife, Donna, of 58 years, of Fergus Falls; three children, Steve (Sue) Thorsen of Fergus Falls, Lori (Thomas) Knapp of Indianapolis, Ind., and Jana (Lance Wagner) Thorsen of Cincinnati, Ohio; four grandchildren, Ashley and Ryan Thorsen, and Katherine and Michael Knapp; a brother, Richard (Carol) Thorsen; and many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Memorials are preferred to Aastad Church Building Improvement Fund.
Visitation: Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service at the church
Service: 2 p.m. Friday, at Aastad Lutheran Church, rural Fergus Falls
Clergy: Rev. Dan Cole
Burial: Aastad Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fergus Falls
Clergy: Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls
Condolences may be sent online at www.olsonfuneralhome.com