David Russell Thorson, 86, of Sleepy Eye, died on Sept. 5, 2018

David Russell Thorson, 86, of Sleepy Eye, (formally New London-Spicer area), died on Sept. 5, 2018 at the Oak Hills Living Center of New Ulm, surrounded by loved ones. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye. Service will be held at Crow River Lutheran Church, Belgrade, on Monday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. with visitation at the church one hour prior. The clergy will be Pastor John Dalen. Interment will be at Crow River Lutheran Cemetery in Belgrade. Military Honors by the New London American Legion Honor Guard. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.

David Thorson was born on Oct.11, 1931 in Belgrade, to Russell and Pearl (Larson) Thorson. He attended school in New London. In 1952, he was drafted into the U.S Army serving in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1960. On July 3, 1959, he married Harriet (Kuehl) in Belgrade. From this union came two children, Brian and Kimberly. Throughout David’s years, he was a hard, passionate worker. He spent many years doing road construction for Burgess and Dereiter Construction, driving Semi-truck for Ag products in New London, as well as a bus driver for Peterson Bus Company. David also committed his time to his church by taking on custodial services. During this time, David and Harriet built their beautiful lake home on Lake Calhoun in Spicer, where David enjoyed caring for his lawn and flower gardens for 14 years. In 2009, after retiring, David and Harriet made the move down to Sleepy Eye. Here David enjoyed, spending time with family and newly made friends as well as taking pride in the care of his lawn and garden.

David is survived by his wife Harriet of 59 years; constant companion Libby; son Brian Thorson (Dennis Bless); daughter Kimberly (Clark) Trebesch; brother Paul (Denise) Wohlin; several nieces, nephews, cousins, Aunt (Ruth) and dear friends; Grandchildren: Craig (Becca) Trebesch, Kelleigh (Ryan) Peterson, Kaitlan Bless, Kameron Trebesch (Andrew Clark); Great Grandchildren: Caleb Oscarson, Evan Trebesch, Jaxon Peterson, Liam Trebesch, Kaslin Trebesch. Preceded in death by his parents Russell Thorson and Pearl Thorson (Wohlin), Stepfather Sidney Wohlin, Sister Bert Haight, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.