Donald J. Thorson, 85, passed away on Monday, August 18, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Don was born on March 10, 1929 to Julius and Dora (Johnson) Thorson in Newberry, Upper Peninsula, Michigan. On October 25, 1952 he was united in marriage to Rita Fredrick and they were married for 55 years until she passed away in 2007. Don worked for Neenah Papers for 41 years until his retirement in 1991. He was a prankster and liked his dogs. Going up north and spending time with his family and friends was something that he enjoyed doing. Don was really close with his high school friends and kept in touch with them throughout the years. He was very proud of his father who started a toy factory and the town of Christmas, Michigan. He loved chocolate and desserts.
Don is survived by four children; Victoria (Raymond) Danielson, Shawano, Scott (Jodie) Thorson, Appleton, Tracy (Rosie) Thorson, Appleton, and Todd Thorson, Neenah, six grandchildren; Tiffany, and Tabatha Ward, Abbie (Rocky) Hanson, Adam and Tyler Thorson, Jason (Beth) Boche, great grandchildren; Trama Kay and Ryan, a son-in-law Don Boche, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Rita, a daughter Cynthia, and brothers and sisters.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Wichmann Funeral Home, Tri County Chapel. A time of visitation will be held on Tuesday from 12:00 PM until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Online condolences may by expressed at www.wichmannfargo.com. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital. The family would like to thank the care givers at St. Elizabeth Hospital and Oakridge Gardens for everything they have done.