MICHEAL A. THURMER, 61, of Jackson, passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at the Jackson Good Samaritan Center. Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. Friday, September 17, 2010 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Jackson with Pastor Lance Isaacson officiating. A private family burial will take place at a later date.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2010 from 5-7p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and on Friday, one hour prior to the services at the church,
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.
MICHEAL ALLEN THURMER, the son of Marvin and LaVonne (Johnsen) Bicknese, was born on April 13, 1949 in Redfield, South Dakota. As a child Micheal attended Jackson Public Schools, graduating from Jackson High School in 1968. After graduation Micheal enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as a machinery repairman in the South Pacific during the Vietnam War. On June 12, 1970 Micheal was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Andrea Skrove at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Jackson. After marriage the couple made their home in Jackson where Micheal worked for the DeKalb plant in Jackson until it’s closing, at which time he transferred to the Storm Lake Plant where he stayed for a few more years. After he finished working at DeKalb, Micheal worked a few years for Wayne Fischer, before moving onto the Land O’ Lakes factory in Mountain Lake, and finally spending the last 15 years at the FCA Co-op in Jackson. Micheal passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at the Jackson Good Samaritan Center at the age of sixty-one years, five months and one day.
Micheal was baptized at the Presbyterian Church in Redfield and later confirmed at the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. Micheal then became a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Micheal loved spending time with his family. His favorite times were Sunday mornings, listening to church on the radio while making pancakes for his family. He was a great provider for his family who instilled a sense of work and responsibility in his children. He was a friendly, positive person who had an excellent eye for detail. He enjoyed gardening with his wife, and distributing the fruits of their labors throughout the community. He was great at math and loved hunting and fishing when he had time.
Micheal is survived by his wife of forty years, Andrea, his two children, Holly (Dan) Reardon of Spencer, Iowa, and Jason Thurmer of Jackson, Minnesota; and two grandchildren, Vanessa and Ryan Reardon. Micheal is also survived by his mother, LaVonne Thurmer of Fairmont, Minnesota, his two sisters, Barbara (John) Mickelson of Apple Valley, California and Deborah (Dick) Thompson of Worthington, Minnesota; and his three brothers, August (Anne) Thurmer of Winona, Minnesota, Kenneth Thurmer of Wright, Wyoming and Curtis Thurmer of Jackson, Minnesota, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Micheal was preceded in death by his father Marvin Bicknese and his step-father Elmer Thurmer.
Blessed be the memory of Micheal Allen Thurmer