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AGE: 84


ADDRESS: N7301 Fischer Creek Road Westboro; Township of Westboro Resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:43 P.M. Friday, April 11 at his residence surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 16 at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake


OFFICIATING: Father Otto Bucher


INTERMENT: Mt. Olive Cemetery, Westboro


VISITATION: 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 15 at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake where there will be a 8:00 P.M. Prayer Service and also from 9:00 A.M. until 10:45 A.M. Wednesday, April 16 at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib LakeDATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 24, 1929 in the Township of Greenwood


EDUCATION: Attended grade school in the Township of Greenwood


MARRIAGE: October 8, 1949 at St. Ann’s Church to Violet “Vi” F. Franck


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Earl worked for Joe Brandner Logging for a number of years. He then owned and operated Earl Thums Forest products for 30+ years until his son Rock took over the business. He also owned and operated a dairy farm and sawmill until his retirement. In his retirement he continued to work at the sawmill and in the woods. In his younger years, Earl and Vi raised and showed Appaloosa horses. He enjoyed deer hunting and visiting with folks. Earl helped family and friends build several homes and garages.


MEMBER OF: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake
Served as past Chairman for the Town of Westboro for many years
Past Member of the Royal Rough Riders Horse Club of Medford


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Violet “Vi” F. Thums of Westboro


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Sons: Michael Thums of Westboro, Steve (Wendy) Thums of Westboro and Rock (Donna) Thums of Medford
Daughters: Deborah Waskowiak of Purcell, Oklahoma, Merri (Larry) Faber of Medford and Jodi (Kevin) Weiss of Medford


CHILDREN DECEASED: Daughter: Jini Strobach
Son: Joel Thums
Granddaughter: Tori Czarnezki






SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Armella Berger of Medford, William (Diane) Thums Jr. of Rib Lake, Henry (Donna) Thums of Rib Lake, Virginia Birch of Medford, Dennis (Cheryl) Thums of Tomahawk, Rosella (Jerry) Dvorak of Tomahawk, Vicky (Roger) Oates of Rib Lake and Bruce (Donna) Thums of Dorchester


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sisters: Lucille Olson, Caroline Martinez and Clara Thums
Brother: Edward Thums
Lorraine, Dale and Kathleen in infancy




DECEASED MOTHER: Clara M. Thums (Maiden Name: Haider)


PALLBEARERS: Grandsons: Chad and Corey Thums, Jason Schuppel, Dalton Kays-Hutchinson, Allan and Eric Koffler, Travis Strobach and Nick Weiss


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Earl’s family to be designated at a later date
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements
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