Steve Thorson, 78, died on April 7, 2014, in Sioux Falls.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton, Minn. With the Rev. Bev O’Neill officiating Burial is in the Clinton City Cemetery. Visitation is Friday from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home of Clinton – Moberg Chapel and continues the next morning for one hour prior to the service.
Stephen Merle Thorson was born Jan, 26, 1936, on the farm homesteaded by his family in 1883. Steve was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Luthern Church in Clinton, Minn. He attended Clinton Public School and graduated from Clinton High School in May 1954. After high school he joined the United States Air Force. He was stationed at the Eglin Air Force Base in Pensacola, Fla.
While in the Air Force, he was trained as a member of the Armament & Electronics Maintenance Squadron. While on leave, he returned home to marry Ellen Mae Fish. Steve and Ellen were married on Jan. 3, 1958, at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Steve and his new bride returned to Pensacola where they lived until his hitch in the Air Force was completed.
While in Florida, they welcomed the arrival of their first son, Stephen Douglas. Upon discharge from the service, the young family returned to Clinton to continue life on the family farm. In 1960 the family expanded with the arrival of a second son, Mark Allen. Then in 1961, their third son, David Lee, arrived.
To supplement his growing family, Steve opened “Thorson TV Repair Service.” In June of 1965, a daughter, Kristi Jean, was born.
Steve enjoyed the great outdoors. Hunting, fishing and working on the farm wer his way of communing with nature.
Steve always enjoyed music. Classic country and gospel were his chosen favorites. Often he could be seen singing as he rolled up and down the fields on his tractor.
During the CB era, Steve’s handle was “Tiny” (his childhood nickname) and the farm became known as T-Hill. It was well known that the coffee pot was always on. Morning coffee guests were a daily event. The Wednesday Night Bowling League gathering was also a frequent occurrence on the farm. Knowing how to bowl was not a requirement for this crew! Good food, good friends, and fellowship were order of the day.
The family continued to grow with the additions of a daughter-in law, Lori (Mark); a son-in law, Steve (Kristi), and a total of six grandchildren: Kaylee Jo, Ryan, Shane, Collin, Riley Rae Ellen and Nathan. Steve found joy and comfort being surrounded by his family and friends. He
He is survived by his children and grandchildren, and his brothers: George (Krista) Thorson of Kalispell, Mont., and Charles (Carol) Thorson of Clinton, Minn.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ellen; and his niece and goddaughter, DawnMarie.
Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home of Clinton is in charge of arrangements. To leave online condolences visit www.mundwilerfuneralhome.net.