10-11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
A light luncheon will be served following the service in Boulger Funeral Home's Celebration of Life Center, Fargo.
Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Morris was born on September 12, 1923, the son of Martin and Minnie (Sorum) Thingstad in Hillsboro, ND. He grew up in this area and attended Hillsboro School. During his high school years, Morrie formed the Teddy Page Dance Band, traveling the area performing until he entered the service. He opened for the Glen Miller Band while still in high school. After high school graduation he proudly served his country in the United States Navy during WWII on the USS Enterprise. Following his discharge he returned to North Dakota and attended North Dakota State University, then known as the Ag College. Morrie was united in marriage to Reva Hanson on March 17, 1949 in Moorhead, MN. After graduation from NDSU they made their home in Cando, ND where Morrie taught band and choir. They moved to West Fargo, ND where Morrie continued teaching band, choir, and math. He ended his teaching career in Glyndon, and began Morrie Thingstad Insurance Agency. Thorough the years, Morrie’s bands and choirs were recognized for showmanship, achievements and overall excellence. He was a long time musical leader for many community organizations including the Elks, the Eagles, and the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corp. In addition to his Navy service, Morrie was Chief Warrant Officer for the 188th Army Band in Fargo. He had a love of flying and served as president of North Dakota Pilots Association. Morrie will be remembered by his many past students for the impact that he made on their lives by his teaching and by his time spent at Moorhead State University in the counseling center with Project Test.
Morrie is survived by his children, Mary (James) Nigg of Howard Lake, MN; Michael (Diana) Thingstad of Velva, ND; Nancy Meronuck of Prescott, AZ; Debra (Steven) Boe of Burnsville, MN; Douglas (Deb) Thingstad of Jamestown, ND; and Kathleen (Gregory) Grant of West Fargo, ND; his 15 grandchildren – Kelley Grant, Ryan Grant, Aleah (Ross) Rosaaen, Betsy (Gabe) Bladow, Scott Thingstad, Jennifer (Jeremy Sayther) Boe, Kathryn Boe, Elizabeth Boe, Andrea (Cayson Morrison)Meronuck, Marisa Gonzalez, Chelsea (Nate) Benke, Lindsey Hauser, Courtney Thingstad, Brittney Thingstad, and Michael Thingstad; and seven great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Reva in 1996.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Ava Maria Care Center in Jamestown for the wonderful care they provided during Morrie’s last months. He passed away on July 9, 2014 surrounded by his family.
Honorary Pallbearer will be – Bob Miller, Doug Anderson, Forest Johnson, and Vern Skogen. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Hillsboro.