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Earl Thorson


Earl D. Thorson, 93, of Cavalier, ND, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2019 at the Lutheran Sunset Home, Grafton, ND. Memorial service will be held Friday, December 6, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the United Lutheran Church in Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held for one hour before the time of the service.

Earl was born January 15, 1926, in Buxton, ND, to Anton and Carrie (Gjestrum) Thorson. He grew up and attended school in Climax, MN. Earl worked for various area farmers and then enlisted in the U.S. Army. After his discharge, he worked for the Civil Service in San Francisco, CA. Earl returned to Climax where he worked for the Farmers Union Oil Coop. On April 15, 1950, Earl married Jean Vigness in Crookston, MN. In 1960, Earl and Jean moved to Cavalier where he managed Cenex for 36 years. After his retirement from Cenex, Earl worked for Swanson and Birchwood Motors.

Earl was a member of the American Legion for 72 years and the Northeast Managers Association. He served on the United Lutheran Church Council, and also served on the boards of Citizens State Bank, Cavalier Credit Union, Centrol of Park River, and Job Service of Grand Forks. Some of the things he enjoyed were game shows, wild life programs, and telling jokes.

Earl is survived by his wife, Jean; children: David (Barbara) Thorson, Eden Prairie, MN; and Diane (Mick) Tronson, Moorhead, MN; grandchildren: Jay (Linda) Aasmundstad, Ramsey, MN and their daughter, Skylar Aasmundstad; and brother, Oscar (Toni) Thorson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and three sisters.

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David and family, my sympathies to all of you. Your Dad was a community icon. Losing a parent is difficult whether you are six or sixty. May your memories keep him ever present.

Sandra Snell Johnson Dec 6 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Jean and family, I am so sorry to hear about Earls passing. He was such a friendly and caring man. My sympathies to all of his family, you will be in my thoughts in the time ahead. Sheila Sturlaugson

Sheila Sturlaugson Dec 6 2019 12:00 AM

I am sorry for your loss. My Dad, Lawrence, would share with us some of his good Cenex coffee time conversations that he had with Earl. A special guy for sure.

Diane & Larry Hoffman Dec 5 2019 12:00 AM

Don & I enjoyed the big smile & cheerfulness Earl always displayed. While Don was on Farmers Board we enjoyed time with Earl & Jean both great people. My deep sympathy to all.

Roberta Cox Dec 4 2019 12:00 AM

My sympathy to you Diane and all of your family.

Bob Hoverson Dec 4 2019 12:00 AM

Our prayers and sympathy to the family. Earl was a fine gentleman.

Ken and Carol Ault Dec 4 2019 12:00 AM

Jean and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. For over 22 years I would arrive at work to that predictable smile. "Strong Norwegian coffee this morning... 50 miles to the cup", he'd tell me. 22 years of stories, history lessons, and lessons about life. I count myself very lucky to have had a friend in Earl. I miss you E.T.

Lon Flage Dec 4 2019 12:00 AM

Jean & Family, I am not sure what Birchwood will do without their loyal coffee maker. Every morning going to work Earl would be just coming up to the corner to head to work. There was never a day when you did not see a smile on Earl's face or hear the cheerfulness in his voice. He will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him. May those that surround you provide comfort, strength and love. GOD bless you all and GOD bless Earl's memory. Don & Michelle Murray

Michelle Murray Dec 2 2019 12:00 AM

My deepest Sympathies to Earl's entire family. What a treasure of a human being. I never saw him without a smile on his face - he seemed to have a genuine love for everyone he met. I told him many times he was the finest Norwegian I
ever met, and he would always reply with "and that's saying something" ! The other quip I always enjoyed is he would
point at himself and say "all original parts" - No Warranty tho" .... He will certainly be missed by all who knew him. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and Prayers. Heaven is a better place now that Earl has arrived.

Rod Dahlstrom Dec 2 2019 12:00 AM

Jean and Family: What a joy it was to have Earl around . He was a treasure, his face was a face of Joy and contentment. In all the years I never heard him speak ill of another. May the God of peace comfort each of you in this loss of Earl.
Gregg Swanson

Gregg Swanson Dec 2 2019 12:00 AM

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