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Robert A. Thurmer

Robert August Thurmer, the son of August and Anna (Libra) Thurmer, was born on September 4, 1922 at the family farm in Middletown Township, Jackson County, Minnesota. In his youth Robert Attended Middletown Country School and later attended Jackson High School. After school Robert stayed home helping on the family farm until 1940 when he and brother Elmer moved to Minneapolis where they worked at Lyndale Garage and saving all their money so they could open their own auto body shop in Jackson. Bob enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944 serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II, where he was a member of the Sea-Bees. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1946, Thurmers Body and Bee Line business opened. On June 7, 1954 Robert was united in marriage to Ruby Mix in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After marriage the couple made their home in Jackson where Robert continued to operate the body shop with his brother. In 1992 Robert sold the shop to Tim Prom, entering a state of semi-retirement. On April 14, 2014, Robert entered the Sogge Good Samaritan Center in Windom, where he passed away on Monday, April 28, 2014 at the age of 91 years, seven months and 24 days.

Robert was baptized and confirmed at the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, where he was a lifelong member. Robert was a very meticulous man, spending a great deal of time and taking a large amount of pride in his yard and in his garden. Robert was a craftsman and inventor, building many race cars and several steam engines. He was also an avid fisherman, building his own fish house so he could continue fishing in the winter months. Robert was a loyal Minnesota Sports fan, following the Vikings and the Twins no matter how bad they were. Robert was a lifelong member of the Jackson American Legion and VFW, a pilot and a member of the second class to be inducted into the Jackson Speedway Racing Hall of Fame. However, his most important accomplishment was as a loving husband and much-loved father.

Robert is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Ruby; five children, Carol Lorenz of West St. Paul, Minnesota; Richard (Marivic) Thurmer of Glenwood, Minnesota; Cathy (Vic) Noland of Winona, Minnesota; Bobby Thurmer of Los Angeles, California; and Todd Thurmer of Windom, Minnesota; his nine grandchildren, Bryan (Elizabeth) Ambrose, Paul (Jennifer) Ambrose, Troy Lorenz, Phil (Christine) Lorenz, Betsy (Blake) Kirchert, Rujard Thurmer, Stephanie (Chad) Reed, Matthew (Brook) Noland, and Miranda Thurmer; as well as 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Also surviving Robert are two sisters, Leola Ruth of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Mary Ann Peterson of Owatonna, Minnesota.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Sharyl, an infant grandson baby Ambrose, and his siblings Verna, Harry, Teddy, Mabel, Elmer, and LeRoy.

Funeral services are planned for Friday, May 2, 2014 at 1p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson with Pastor Eric Hullstrom officiating. Burial with military honors will take place immediately following the service at Riverside Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 5-7pm at the Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson and will continue on Friday one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the First Presbyterian Church of Jackson and to Sanford Hospice.

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Blessed be the memory of Robert August Thurmer.