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Leo Thomson

August 29, 1924 - February 08, 2013


9-11:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Assumption Catholic Church, 307 Front St N, Barnesville, MN.

Funeral Service:

11:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Assumption Catholic Church, 307 Front St N, Barnesville, MN.


St. Mary's Cemetery, Barnesville, MN.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Leo Thomson

August 29, 1924 - February 08, 2013


Leo passed away on Friday, February 8, 2013 at Sanford Health in Fargo surrounded by his family.

Leo M. Thomson was born on August 29, 1924, the son of Theodore and Mary (Pesheck) Thomson, in Roberts Township, Wilkin County, MN.  He grew up in this area and received his education in Wilkin County Schools. At an early age he began farming with his father until entering the service. Leo proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp during WWII where he qualified at a Sharp Shooter with the M I rifle. He served on the Cruiser USS Mobile CL 63 in the occupation of Japan – one of the first ships to enter the Japanese Harbor in Southern Kyushu.

After his discharge he returned to Minnesota where he began farming on his own. Leo was united in marriage to Lois Gehrig in 1949. They made their home on the farm near Rothsay, MN where they farmed for many years. Leo and Lois retired from farming in 1998 and moved into Barnesville.

Leo was an active leader in 4-H having held the office of Vice President and President of the 4-H Council, Project Leader, and county wide Project Leader. He also served as director of the Wilkin County Fair Board for many years and Vice President and President of the Fair Board. He served 12 years on the Rothsay Farmers Coop Elevator Board holding the office of Treasurer. Leo was also active in his church, serving 9 years on the Assumption Church Council, 4 years as a chairman of the board, and was a long time usher, and member of the Knights of Columbus. Leo volunteered many years with the honor guard of the VFW and American Legion Clubs of Wilkin County, serving as Vice Commander and Commander.

Leo is survived by his loving wife, Lois of Barnesville, MN; his son, Curtis (Karen) Thomson of West Fargo, ND; his grandchildren – Shawn (Kathie), Candida, Jesse (Jill) and Jeremy; and his great grandchildren – Bailey, Jada, and Marisa; and Paige, Kimberly, and Kellie. Also surviving is his sister, Lorraine Gehrig of Barnesville; sisters-in-law, Dee (Don) Hibbert; Mildred Bolgrean; Janice (Ken) Cook; several nieces and nephews; and many other dear relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers and sisters.


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  1. Donald and Jackie Bohner says:

    Wolverton MnMy husband and I knew Leo through
    his nephew Ronald Baebler who lives
    Barnesville. He is a kind person and very
    likable person to know.
    He will truly missed by all.
    Jackie Bohner

  2. James and Kelly Shearer says:

    West Fargo ndThoughts and prayers for your family Curt.

  3. Sheri (Hatlestad) Stevens says:

    Lois, Curt and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. It was always such a joy to see Leo. He was always so kind and sweet. He always took an interest in what was going on in your life to make you feel special……he will be dearly missed! Hugs to all of you!

  4. Seth and Julie Desing says:

    Barnesville MN
    Sorry for your loss-Seth and Julie

  5. Lynda Fattom (Gehrig) says:

    Portland ORRest in Peace Uncle Leo

  6. John Lopez says:

    Moorhead I got to know Leo very well when he was commander of the Barnesville VFW. He was a nice man and I always enjoyed sitting down to talk with him. My sympathies to his family.

  7. Connie and Mark Kava says:

    Our deepest sympathies Lois and Lorraine.

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