Maurice Duane Thorsen, 88

Published 10:10 am Monday, February 17, 2014

Maurice Duane Thorsen, 88, died Friday evening, Feb. 14, 2014, at the Spring Valley Senior Living.



He was born Dec. 4, 1925, in Pleasant Valley Township, Mower County Minn., the son of Thomas and Gladys (Rhoten) Thorsen. He graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1943 and served in the Navy during World War II. In 1948, he was united in marriage to Bernice Dugan at the United Methodist Church in Kellogg, Minn. They resided in Grand Meadow, Minn., where he worked for Standard Oil for a time. He then farmed in Lime Springs, Iowa, returning to the family farm in Grand Meadow in 1956. He worked for Seneca Foods, retiring in 1990. They moved into Grand Meadow in 2009.

He was a member of the Grand Meadow Lutheran Church and the Harry T. Anderson American Legion Post in Grand Meadow.

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He always had a life-long love of the land and enjoyed watching the seasons change on his farm. He enjoyed playing cards and watching sports on TV. He found pleasure in watching the activities of his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Bernice, three sons Thomas (ValJean) Thorsen of Grand Meadow; Terrance (Margo) Thorsen of Green Bay, Wis.; and Jeffrey Thorsen of Grand Meadow; three daughters, Trudy (Stephen) Wellik of Rochester, Minn.; Kathleen Gust of Eyota and Susan (Edward) Dahl of Spring Valley  a brother, Norbert Thorsen of Grand Meadow; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty.

Arrangements are being handled by Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow. The funeral will be held at the Grand Meadow Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, with Pastor Beth Krolak officiating. Burial with military rites will be held at the Grand Meadow Cemetery. The visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at the Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow and again one hour prior to the service at the church.

The family would like to thank the Spring Valley Senior Living for their compassionate care during his stay.

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