Jerome Edward Thomas, of Dalbo, died on Monday, July 20, 2020, at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis. He was 88 years old.
He was born Jan. 14, 1932, in Kanabec County, to L. Ernest and Pauline (Salmer) Thomas. He grew up in the Henriette and Quamba area and attended school in Henriette and also Pine City High School. He played baseball for the Henriette city team. At the age of 16, he went to Lemon, South Dakota to work at the John Riedy farm. In August, 1952, he enlisted in the United States Army. He was stationed in Korea and was honorably discharged in July 1954.
On May 24, 1957, he was united in marriage to Gladys Beckman in Mora. The couple moved to Hibbing and he began working in the mines for Bennett Mining. He worked there from 1954 to 1960. In 1960 they moved to Dalbo where they purchased a home and raised their four children. He farmed and drove the road grader for Wyanett Township for 27 years. He retired in 1991 when his son took over the farm. In his retirement he remained in Dalbo and continued to help his son around the farm.
He enjoyed music, was self-taught on the accordion and brought much joy entertaining the family. He loved driving his heavy equipment and enjoyed creating the farmland using his Caterpillar dozer. He devoted his life to his family, blessing their lives with his ever-present love and care.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Gladys in Feb. 2014; brothers, Leo and Kenneth Thomas; and sister, Gloria Amdahl.
He is survived by his children, Delvin Thomas of Princeton, Julie (Bob) Bathke of Zimmerman, Ronald Thomas of Oak Park and Jerry Thomas of Dalbo; grandchildren Daryl Bathke and Amanda (Joe) Mohs; great-grandchildren, Kyle and Alonna Mohs; brother, Russell (Leella) Thomas of Henriette; as well as many other relatives and friends.
A private graveside service was held at Cambridge Lutheran Cemetery on Friday, July 24, 2020. Condolences at www.carlsonlillemoen.com. Arrangements by the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.