Elgar Arnold Thune Jr., 77

Published 10:13 am Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Elgar Arnold Thune Jr., 77, passed away Feb. 24, 2012, at Friendship Manor Nursing Home, Shakopee, Minn.

Elgar Thune

Elgar “Arnie” was born in 1934 to Ruth and Elgar Thune Sr. in Worcester, Mass. The family lived in Chicago and Saint Paul before settling in Adams, Minn. After graduating from Adams High School, Arnie joined the Army and spent time in Germany and touring Europe. Then returning from duty, he worked for Minneapolis Moline for a number of years. Arnie spent the later part of his life in Albert Lea, Minn., where he worked for Streeter Company. He was a machinist before retiring. Arnie was a colorful character in Albert Lea. He enjoyed his apartment above the Eagles Club where he had wonderful neighbors. Arnold spent many hours walking or riding his red scooter around town, touring the parks, gardening, shopping, hanging out at the antique store, greeting the workers at the bank and hospital cafeteria. He enjoyed going on trips. He visited many exotic locations around the world. Arnold was a unique person, and he will be missed by many.

Our family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers needed in Arnie’s battle with dementia, especially Valley View Assisted Living of Jordan, Community Care of Shakopee, Friendship Manor Nursing Home, Heartland Hospice, Scott County Social Services, and McNearney Funeral Home of Shakopee.

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Survivors include sister, Barbara Panser of Owatonna, Minn.; brother, Bob (Susie) Thune of Austin; two brothers-in-law; 10 nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents, Elgar Thune Sr. and Ruth Thune; sisters, Beverly Lillquist and Lenore Dammann.

It was Arnie’s wishes to be cremated. We will be having a gathering to celebrate Arnie’s life at a park in Albert Lea this summer. If you would like to come, please contact Laurie (507) 304-1935. Arrangements are with the McNearney Funeral Home, Shakopee, MN 952-445-2755, www.mcnearneyfuneralhome.com.