August 1, 1949 ~ July 9, 2018
Thomas Allen Pedersen, age 68, passed away peacefully on July 9, 2018 under Hospice Care.
Tom was born August 1, 1949 to Cyril and Beverly (LeClair) Pedersen. He graduated from Hibbing High School in 1967, and later graduated from Moorhead State University with a degree in Psychology. On March 10, 1979 he married Virlaine Julius and they made their home in Fargo, North Dakota. His career was in sales and sales management, primarily in the automotive business. Tom loved the outdoors, was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed canoeing in the BWCAW. Family trips centered around the enjoyment of nature, typically at a lake or exploring new camping sites. Tom treasured time with family and especially loved family reunions and hosting an annual apple weekend. He loved to learn and research everything and had a passion for home improvement projects and restored vintage cars.
The love of Tom's life were his wife, children, and grandchildren. Tom was a longtime friend of Bill W and had a deep spirituality that guided him in his daily life. Every year of Tom's life was fruitful and serving others came naturally; helping others, nurturing relationships and giving advice, almost always in the form of a real life example.
Tom is survived by his wife Virlaine, two daughters Katherine (Michael) Orth of Fargo, ND, Laura (Jim) Wenger of Sun Prairie, WI, a son Michael Pedersen of New Hope, MN, and five grandchildren, Kylee Haak, Benjamin Orth, Lauren Orth, Avery Wenger and Nora Wenger. His mother Beverly Pedersen of Lonsdale, MN, one brother and seven sisters; Jerome (Jane) Pedersen of Eveleth MN, Carol (Alfred) Anderson of Prior Lake MN, Mary Blichfeldt of Bemidji, MN, Janet (Dennis) Harty of New Prague MN, Jean Giles of Chaska, MN, Paula (Kevin) Jelen of Big Lake MN, Teresa (Doug) Andrys of Chaska, MN, and Rebecca Schaecher of Chaska, MN and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Thomas is preceded in death by his father Cyril Pedersen and brother-in-law Paul Blichfeldt.
A prayer service will be held at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo on July 12 with visitation from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and prayer service at 7 p.m. The funeral service will be held at St. John Lutheran church in Fargo on July 13 at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow the service in the lower level social hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to The Gift of Life Transplant House 705 2nd St SW, Rochester, MN 55902 and Sanford Case Management Fund 801 North Broadway, Fargo, ND 58102
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