Thomas J. Elbe

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Thomas J. Elbe, 91, of Mountain, passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Thomas was born on June 22, 1926, in Gillett to the late Gustav and Rozina (Fuchs) Elbe. The family moved to Mountain in 1933 where he went to Holt Spur School until the eighth grade, when he left school to help his folks on the farm. In 1943, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in LST Group 6, making landings from the tip of New Guinea all along the North Coast up until August 1945 at the north end of the Philippines.

On March 31, 1948, Thomas married Marjorie Krueger, during which time he worked at the Kohler Co. On April 11, 1949, the couple purchased his parents’ farm and they farmed until 1979. At that time, Thomas then worked in the timber industry with his sons until his retirement at age 80. One of his greatest enjoyments was hunting here and in Wyoming, along with fishing trips to Canada and many Navy reunions. Thomas was a member of VFW Post 2119 in Mountain and was accompanied on an Honor Flight by his grandson, Jeffrey.

Thomas is survived by his wife of 70 years, Marjorie; six children, Jim (special friend Sharon), Maellen (Dan), Rick (Wendy), Tom (Gail), Scott (LoAnn), and Cindy (Randy); 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon; grandson, Matthew; daughter-in-law, Yvonne; four brothers, Rheinhold, Wally, Robert and Paul; four sisters, Esther, Ruth, Rose Marie and Dona.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Visitation continues on Monday, May 14, 2018, at Tabor Lutheran Church in Mountain from 9 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Paul Scheunemann officiating. Thomas will be interred in Mountain Cemetery.

Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at www.gruetzmacherfuneralhome.com.

The family wishes to express a sincere word of thanks to the staff of Woodland Village Nursing Home in Suring for the excellent care and compassion offered to Thomas and his family during their time of need.