Elmer H. Thomsen, age 82, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2013, in his Ashland, Wisconsin, home, after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family.
Elmer was born on January 12, 1931, in Deer Creek Township, Wisconsin, the son of Herman and Frieda (Jochimsen) Thomsen. He attended public school in the Medford, Wisconsin, area. He and Lorraine Larson, whom he later divorced, were united in marriage, on November 27, 1954. He and Christine Baross-Koltz were united in marriage, on May 18, 1979. He was employed by the Soo Line Railroad from 1950 until 1954. He served with the United States Army from 1954 until 1956. In 1956 he began working at the Hurd Millwork Factory in Medford, retiring in 1995. After retirement, Elmer worked at various supper clubs in Minocqua, Woodruff and Ashland, until illness forced his final retirement in 2010. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going for walks, enjoying nature gardening and reading.
Survivors include: his wife, Christine, of Ashland; sons: Ricky Thomsen, of Stetsonville, Wisconsin; and Kevin Thomsen, of Medford; daughters: Sharee (Steve) Colby, of Abbotsford, Wisconsin; Debbie Thomsen, of Medford; Julie (Wayne) Taves, of Athens, Wisconsin; Wendy (Rodney) Dahl, of Medford; Shelly (Rich) Freese, of Abbotsford; and Tanya Thomsen, of Ashland. Elmer is also survived by: grandchildren: Dacota Gumz, Trisha Schwantes, Eric Colby, Matthew Colby, Aaron Phillips, Jamie Phillips, Nathan Taves, Makenna Dahl, Garrett Dahl and Emily Piller; and ten great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers: Clarence, Carl and Harold Thomsen; and one sister, Edna Sackmann.
Honoring Elmer’s wishes, he will be cremated and no formal funeral services will be scheduled.
Our Ashland Chapel will be assisting Elmer’s family with his memorialization.