THOMAS RETHWILL, 69, of Jackson passed away at the Jackson Good Samaritan passed away on December 1, 2010. Funeral service will be on Saturday December 4, 2010 at 10:30 AM at Our Saviors Lutheran Church with Pastor Lance Isaacson officiating. Burial will be the Springfield City Cemetery in Springfield, Minnesota. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Church.
THOMAS LEWIS RETHWILL was born on January 22, 1941 in Minneota, Minnesota, the son of Melvin and Pearl (Erickson) Rethwill. He attended Springfield High School until the ninth grade. He later attended school in Canby to learn mechanics. In 1978 he was married to June Carlson and together they had three children. In 1989 they moved their family to Jackson, where he has lived ever since. He was a mechanic working on small engines most of the time; Tom also was employed as a painter. Tom farmed for many years for Roger Hesebeck. On February 23, 2001 he married the love of his life Kathy Sehoenbauer. On December 1, 2010 at the age of sixty nine years, eleven months, and nine days, Tom passed away at the Jackson Good Samaritan Society.
Tom was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Jackson. He loved racing and was even a driver in the past. He enjoyed taking his children and grandchildren to the races with him. Tom enjoyed fishing up north with Kathy, and loved to drink coffee at Embers. Tom’s family was proud to say that he had been sober for 23 years.
Tom is survived by his wife of 9 years, Kathy Rethwill of Jackson, children, Jeffery Bean of California, Jolene Rethwill of Espanola, New Mexico, Matthew (Candi) Rethwill of Jackson, and Kasey Rethwill of Jackson. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren, one brother, Bill (Vicki) Rethwill of Springfield, and two sisters Patricia (Jack) Paulsen of Hills, and Jeannie Buster of Silverspring, Maryland.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Donald Rethwill, Richard Rethwill, and infant son, Thomas Lewis Jr., and two daughters, Jill Rethwill and Dawn Rethwill.
Blessed be the memory of Thomas Lewis Rethwill.