Harold Thomas of Fargo, ND passed away on August 3rd, 2006 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of the Red River Valley. Harold was born on August 2nd, 1916 in Leeds, ND where he grew up and attended school. He met his future bride, Joan (Poole), and they were married on July 7th, 1943 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Breckenridge, MN. Harold worked for several gas and oil companies beginning at Consumer Gas in Fergus Falls in 1948. In 1950, he went out on his own and sold oil for several years for Mobil Oil to farmers in the Campbell, MN area. He won an award as ?King? by Mobil Oil during this time for his success in his work. He and Joanie moved to Moorhead, MN in 1957 where he was employed by Sioux Oil and Fuel and also Valley Egg Company. Harold began work for Steiger Tractor in 1974 as a maintenance supervisor. He ?retired? in 1984 but since he loved to be busy, he started his own lawn service, enjoying that job for 12 years. He truly enjoyed his lawn business because he could be outside and could always find someone to visit with! Harold and Joanie moved from Moorhead, MN to Fargo, ND in 1988. They liked to travel, especially ?day-trips?– not knowing where their destination would be but always looking forward to the drive itself and to visit with people they met. While they lived in Minnesota, they loved to square dance with a group of friends traveling and dancing in the Fergus Falls, Wahpeton, and Breckenridge areas.
Joanie died in April 2001. It was a difficult time for Harold but after many months of grieving, he was able to find his sunny outlook on life again. It was then Harold met his special friend Lorraine with whom he had many enjoyable times. They went for drives and for trips to West Acres to meet friends. They went out to eat, watched favorite TV shows together and attended concerts at the Fargodome. West Acres Mall was special for Harold. He was an avid walker in the West Acres hallways for many years. More recently, he met buddies at the food court almost daily for McDonald?s coffee, visits and reminiscing?and discussions of world events and how to ?solve the world?s problems?. Christmas, holidays and birthday celebrations were very important to Harold; he liked the noise of the grandkids, the food, the presents and the whole party atmosphere–surrounded by his family! At every stage of his life, Harold was known for his happy disposition, the humorous stories he loved to tell, the pranks he liked to pull and the ?twinkle? in his eye. His sense of humor, his laugh, his teasing grin were with him to his last days and will be remembered and missed. Harold appreciated everyone who came to visit and who listened to his stories. He was grateful for their gracious gifts of time and love–especially Karen and other family and friends. They left a special place in his heart.
He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Larkin; his sister, Helen Byrne of Milford, MA; three grandsons, Jason (Kristi), Ryan, and Brady; and one great granddaughter, Hailey. He also leaves his special friend, Lorraine Cox, and his stepbrothers; Gordon Kutzer, Elroy (Buzz) Kutzer.
Visitation: Monday, August 7th, 2006– 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo?and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday, August 8, 2006.
Prayer Service: 7:00 p.m. Monday at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Funeral: 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fargo, ND
Burial: Holy Cross North Cemetery, Fargo
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home.