September 3, 1953 ~ August 21, 2021
Tom service will be livestreamed below starting at 4:00 PM Wednesday September 8, 2021
Thomas James Van Raden, Fargo North Dakota peacefully passed from this life into the care of his creator on August 21, 2021.
Tom was born in Fargo ND moments after his twin brother Tim on September 3, 1953, to Roy and Alice Van Raden.
Tom was educated in Moorhead Public schools graduating in 1972. He was a proud member of the 1971 Spud football team which won the Minnesota State Championship. He attended Moorhead State College after which he joined the family business and served in a variety of roles.
Known as engaging, warm, and generous, his magnanimity extended to causes he felt called to support. His love for nature and animals was evident in his joy and support for the Red River Zoo. His flower gardens at his homes were a sight to behold. Tom lived large and had many friends from all walks of life. He will be missed.
Tom believed in the promise of everlasting life. Along with his friends, he leaves behind his brothers Robert, Roger (Sandy) and Tim (Erna) as well as sisters Linda (Bill) Schulte and Mary (Doug) Ash; Connie Johnson his long time friend and was his caregiver when he passed away ;and many nieces and nephews.
A visitation will take place from 3:30-4:00 PM following a celebration of life service at 4:00 PM Wednesday September 8, 2021 at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo. A reception will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Red River Valley for the great care they gave Thomas.