Name: Norris (Norrie) Dale THUNE
Birth: 17 SEP 1942 in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota
Death: 2 OCT 2013 in Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, North Dakota
Note: Altru Hospital
Burial: 7 OCT 2013 Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesot
Note: St. Bernard's Cemetery
Christening: 8 NOV 1942 St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
Note: Sponsors: Mr/Mrs Clarence Arneson, Mr/Mrs Carl Finstad
Change Date: 17 NOV 2013
Norris ?Norrie? Thune, age 71 died on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND surrounded by his loving family.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on October 7, 2013 at St. Bernard?s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Father Rick Lambert presiding. Burial followed at St. Bernard?s Cemetery.
Norris Dale Thune was born on September 17, 1942 in Thief River Falls, the son of Emil and Gertrude (Kvall) Thune. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Pauli Lutheran Church in Rocksbury Township. Norrie attended Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls and during those years worked for Bert Vigen and Clayton Mathson on their farms. While working as a carry-out at Hartz Grocery Store, Norrie met his future wife, Arlene Pokrzywinski, who was attending Cosmetology School.
On July 28, 1962 the couple was married at St. Joseph?s Catholic Church in Oslo, MN. To this union, four children were born: Mark, Collette, Jacqueline and Suzanne. The family made their home in Red Lake Falls, where Norrie worked with his sister, Arlene. They operated a produce store where they tested milk and candled eggs. In 1965, Norrie and his sister started the Red Lake County Agency. Shortly after that, his sister left the business, and Norrie continued to operate and grow the business.
In 1972, Norrie purchased the Les Ihle Insurance Agency in Thief River Falls. This moved the family to Thief River Falls, and three years later, Norrie partnered with Stan Upham and changed the business name to Thune-Upham Insurance Agency. It was at this same time that Norrie moved his family to the farm where he was born and raised in Smiley Township. This is where Norrie lived up until the time of his passing. He often stated, ?I never moved far from home!? In 1997, Norrie?s son, Mark, purchased the business, which is now known as Thune Insurance Network. Norrie continued to work with his son until retiring in 2008.
Norrie was a farm boy at heart and a man of the soil. Together the family worked the farm including 150 sheep, several horses, alfalfa crop, a large vegetable garden and a flower garden. As the children grew, the animals disappeared and the trees and gardens multiplied into the beautiful farm they have today. In his spare time, Norrie enjoyed fishing, camping, ballgames, and snowmobiling. He was a good judge of character, and especially loved spending time with his family. In his later years Norrie?s favorite place to spend time on the farm was at the shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary, ?The Prayer Rocks,? a special place which he and Arlene created in 2003.
Norrie was an active community leader, volunteer and very giving of his time and talent. He was a member of St. Bernard?s Catholic Church. He served as President of the Professional Insurance Association of Minnesota, President of the Pennington County Fair Board and was instrumental in bringing the Bull Ride to Thief River Falls.
Survivors include his loving wife of 51 years, Arlene of Thief River Falls; children, Mark (Tammy) Thune of Thief River Falls, Collette (Mark) Bostrom of Deerwood, MN, Jackie (Bob) Kron of Andover, MN, and Susie Koch of Andover, MN; 18 grandchildren, Paige, Sydney and Lauryn Thune, Aaron, Caitlin, Grace, Anna, Sarah, Joseph and Joshua Bostrom, Brooke, Madeline, Elizabeth and Luke Kron, Jade, Taylor and Tana Spaeth, Tommy Koch; great-grandson, Krew Spaeth; brothers, Glen (Beverly) Thune of Twin Valley, MN and Donnie (LaVonne) Thune of St. Hilaire; sister, Arlene L. Thune of Erskine, MN; sister-in-law, Alice Thune of Thief River Falls; and many other relatives and friends. Xillo, his dog, was very special to him and was almost considered his fifth child.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Palmer (Shirley) and Ernie Thune.
Father: Emil Ingman THUNE b: 10 SEP 1891 in Smiley Township, Minnesota
Mother: Gertrude KVALL b: 29 JAN 1897 in Norway
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