Glen Earl Thomas, 88, of ViningPublished 3:44am Monday, September 23, 2013 Updated 5:50am Monday, September 23, 2013
Glen Thomas, was born on June 5, 1925 in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. His parents were the late Edward J. and Olga (Carlsrud) Thomas. Glen graduated from Rothsay High School with the class of 1943. He served in the United States Army during World War II from 1946-1948. On September 9, 1951 Glen was united in marriage with Arla Loraine Johnson at Nidaros Lutheran Church. Together Glen and Arla made their home in Vining where they recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. Glen purchased a service station in Vining and began Thomas Oil Company in 1948. He operated Thomas Oil Company for over 50 years until his “retirement”. Along with owning various gas stations in the area, Glen has raised beef cattle, sold tractors, snowmobiles and had been an insurance agent for American Family Insurance. Glen was the Mayor of Vining for many years and was a founding member of the Vining Fire Department. He built and continued to operate the Vining storage units. He was proud to have served as the President and Director on the Park Region Telephone Board since 1965, retiring in April 2013. Glen and Arla had made many wonderful memories with family and friends, many of them including travels across the country. Glen enjoyed hunting and the card playing that came with it, and spending time with his loved ones at home and at his lake cabin on East Battle Lake.
Preceding Glen in death were his parents; infant son, Lee William; sister, Irene and brother, Richard.
Glen is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Arla Thomas of Vining; 2 daughters: Lynette Selisker of Brainerd and Janet (Doug Hohman) Thomas of Brainerd; 3 sons: Kelly Thomas of Vining; Brian (Judy) Thomas of Waseca; Dale (Cheryl) Thomas of Moorhead; 6 grandchildren: Mandi, Tara, Scott, Lisa, Chad and Ashley; 5 great-grandchildren: Delila, Katja, Anika, Nathan and Drew; many other relatives and a host of friends
Glen will be laid to rest at Nidaros Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Belmont Funeral Home of Henning, Minnesota.
Funeral services will be held for Glen on Tuesday, September 24, at 2 p.m. at Nidaros Lutheran Church, rural Clitherall with Pastor Dawna Hochstein officiating. The hymns will be sung by the congregation, accompanied by Special music provided by Ross Ukkelberg and Ken Gunderson. The pallbearers will be Wes Thomas, Scott Thomas, Chad Thomas, Clint Yliniemi, Kevin Valley and Zack Anderson: Honorary: Bob Norton and Merle Thomas.