Donard Thue Jr

donard thue jr
Donard Arthur Thue, Jr, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019. Donard was born on October 10th 1934 to Donard and Inez Thue. Don grew up on a farm northwest of Walcott, ND where he attended and graduated from high school in 1952. After graduating, he enlisted in the army for two years and was stationed in Baumholder, Germany, where he served as a medic. After returning to the states, Don worked in Lafayette, Indiana at Brown Rubber for a short time before coming back to North Dakota, where he took the postal entrance exam and was hired as a postal railway mail clerk, a job that he so enjoyed. He then transitioned to working at the Moorhead Post Office and held multiple positions within the postal service, eventually named Postmaster at Dilworth, MN in 1978. He retired from the United States Postal Service in 1990. In 1958, Don met Carolyn, the love of his life and wife of almost 60 years at the wedding of their friends Wes and Gwen Myhre. They were married in 1959 and lived on 5th street south in Fargo for 45 years. It was here that they raised their three children, Todd Thue (Jessica Lamker), Savage, MN; Patty (Brad) Arett, Moorhead, MN; and Sara (Dan) Troftgruben, Peoria, AZ. They joined St. John Lutheran Church and were very active members of the congregation for more than 50 years. Don was also very active in the Elks Lodge #260 and was named Exalted Ruler in 1983. After retirement, Don and Carolyn purchased a cottage on Lake Lizzie, which became the gathering place for their children, grandchildren and many friends. They wintered in Sun City, Arizona for 20 years, where they enjoyed spending time with friends and attending many sporting events of their Arizona grandchildren. Don and Carolyn transitioned from their lake home to One Oak Place, where they continued to enjoy their new community of friends. Don was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and was cared for by Maple View Memory Care facility in Fargo. Don is survived by his wife Carolyn, his three children – Todd, Patty and Sara, six grandchildren – Jessica Arett (Robert Greer), Megan Marvig, Carly Arett (Chad Sandoval), Tony Troftgruben, Shayna Troftgruben and Evan Thue. He is also survived by his sister, Delores Hart (Cecil, OH). He was preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers, Harold and Parnell Thue. The family requests donations in memoriam to Memory Café of the Red River Valley, the Alzheimer’s Association and St. John Lutheran Church in Fargo.

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  1. My Deepest Sympathy to Caroline Thue & Family on the passing of Donald! He was always such a pleasant person, always an interesting conversation!

  2. Our deepest sympathies to Caroline and family, holding you close in our hearts and prayers.

  3. Sorry to hear that Don has died. I have fond memories of our friendship in the 1980’s when our children were Oak Grove high students. Sara and Dan were my son Bill’s classmates! I well remember Don’s speech to the Grover boys basketball team after they returned from the ND Class B basketball tournament in 1986.

  4. Dearest Todd and family,
    We were saddened to hear the news of your Dad’s passing. In reading your Father’s obituary, Dan was very impressed by the fact that he was an RPO clerk. Dan has quite a collection of RPO covers. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.

  5. Dear Carolyn & Family;

    We are in AZ and read of Don’s passing. We always enjoyed visiting with him when we were members of St’ John’s. We were saddened to read the news and want to send our most sincere condolences and to let you know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Don was a true gentleman and a nice person to know in this journey on earth. God bless!

  6. Deepest sympathy Carolyn and all of your family. I have a lot memories of Don and you from our time at St John church.
    Peace and Blessings

  7. My heartfelt sympathy in your loss. Carolyn, I enjoyed getting to know you and Don at Memory Cafe.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed. Thinking of you, Carolyn and family.
    Joan Winkler

  9. Our sympathies Carolyn and family. We couldn’t have asked for better neighbours. Allan and I always enjoyed partnering with you at our block parties. 13th Ave. Wouldn’t have been the same without you both. I can still picture Don and Allan sitting in their lawn chairs just enjoying each others company.

  10. Carolyn and family. I’m sorry to hear of Don passing. You have had a long journey with his illness, however, your support and love through this gave him peace. May you know that your faith will get you through this difficult time.

  11. Our sympathies to Carolyn and family. Don was a nice person always enjoyed our visits.
    We are in Arizona at this time. God Bless.

    Wes and Vivian

  12. I’m very sorry to hear about Dons passing, during this difficult time reach out to god for comfort he will comfort you through this.

  13. Sympathies to all of Don”s family. I met Don at the Postal credit Union and he was the most polite member. He will be missed, but his spirit will be around you.

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