Fredric Thunhorst, 77, dies

Fredric Thunhorst, 77, beloved Grandpa, Father and Husband, and a 49-year resident of Ely passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, May 14, 2018, at Ely Bloomenson Hospital.
He was born on February 5, 1941, to Kenneth and Marian (Null) Thunhorst of Sioux City, Iowa. He grew up in St. Paul, MN, and studied Biology and played football at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, graduating in 1963. Fred met his wife, Dianne, at Gustavus and they were married in December 1963. That fall, he attended Officer Training School at the Naval Training Base in Pensacola, Florida, and subsequently attended Air Intelligence Training in Norfolk, Virginia. He was assigned to the Naval Air Station in Sanford, Florida. While serving in the RVAH 5 Photo Reconnaissance Squadron as an Air Intelligence Officer, he completed two tours in the Mediterranean on the aircraft carrier USS America. After his military service, Fred studied Fish and Wildlife Management at the University of Minnesota. Upon graduating, Fred accepted a position as Area Wildlife Manager, later becoming the Area Wildlife Supervisor. He was fortunate to enjoy a career he loved with a fantastic group of co-workers for 33 years, having amazing experiences and seeing beautiful sights.
Fred and Dianne enjoyed 54 happy years of marriage. While they were working and after retirement, they enjoyed escaping the Ely winter in The Texan Mobile Park in McAllen, Texas, with family and friends. After Fred’s retirement in 2002, they enjoyed traveling and visiting with friends.
Fred served as the Treasurer of the Ely Lions Club. He also served for several years as the Treasurer of Grace Lutheran Church where he was a member. Fred and Dianne sang together in the Grace choir from the time they moved to Ely, until ALS took his ability to sing after the Patriotic Cantata in July 2017. He loved being in the woods, going to “The Shack” with his hunting buddies and son and grandson, watching deer in the yard, and mowing his lawn. He is fondly remembered as a good-natured, fair-minded person and loving father, husband and friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Dianne; son Dan (Kris) of Stillwater; daughter Ann (Kevin) Anderson and grandson Asher of Ely; brothers Tom (Annette) from Kenyon and Ron (Josephine) from White Bear Lake; sister-in-law Pat (Bob) Wharton from Brooklyn Park; brother-in-law Brian (Dee) Skalbeck from Mound, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 20, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church in Ely, with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. An inurnment with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018, at the Ely Cemetery.
Memorials in Fred’s honor can be sent to the Lions Gift of Sight, the ALS Association, Grace Lutheran Church, or your Veterans’ Support organization of choice.
Funeral arrangements by Landmark Funeral Home.