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Victor Louis Thomsen
October 28, 1927–September 7, 2009
Victor Louis Thomsen, 81, of rural Olin, died at his home on Monday, September 7, 2009, from congestive heart failure and renal disease.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 10, 2009, at St. John Lutheran Church in Olin. Pastor Jen Andreas officiated at the services. Visitation was held on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lahey Funeral Home in Olin. Burial was at Olin Cemetery, Olin, Iowa, with military honors by the Olin American Legion Blayney Minor Ahrendsen Post 412, where he had served as a past commander.
Victor Louis Thomsen was born October 28, 1927, in rural Olin to Andrew and Frances (Guhl) Thomsen. He graduated from Olin High School in 1947.
He was proud to serve his country in the Korean War from May 1951 to January 1953. He married Alice McCleary on June 14, 1959, in St. John Lutheran Church in Olin. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June with family. Together they farmed on the farm where Victor lived his entire life, the farm which has been in the family for 107 years. Farming was the love of his life along with his family. An avid sports fan, he also enjoyed watching Hawkeye football and basketball and he cheered and remained hopeful for his beloved Cubs to win a world championship. Victor was a long-time and active member of St. John Lutheran Church in Olin.
Victor was a quiet, good man who loved to work and he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and sibling. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Survivors include Alice, his wife of 50 years; his children, Gary Thomsen of rural Olin and Terri (John) Kratchmer of Madison, Wisconsin; four grandchildren, Shanece Thomsen of Iowa City, Zacariah Thomsen of Cedar Rapids, Nicholas Kratchmer of Madison and Kyle Kratchmer of Madison; three sisters, Venita Sharp of Bettendorf, Verda (Jack) Scott of DeWitt and Valerie (Denny) Hickey of Bradford, IL; and a brother-in-law, Jack Zimmerman of Cedar Rapids.
Victor was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Velma Zimmerman and a brother-in-law, Bill Sharp.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 11 September 2009


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