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Roy W. Thorson Jr.

April 9, 1927 ~ December 20, 2020 (age 93)


Roy W. Thorson Jr., Wausau, died Sunday, December 20, 2020, surrounded by family, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services at his home.

He was born April 9, 1927 in Amery, son of the late Roy Sr. and Palma (Stensvold) Thorson. He grew up in the Greenwood, Owen/Withee and Colby area.  On January 12, 1952 he married the love of his life, Rosita Hager in Marshfield and they enjoyed almost 69 years of marriage.

Roy started his sales career selling cars for Felker Co. in Marshfield.  He moved on to furniture sales at Leath Furniture, Marshfield and moved to their Wausau location in 1964.  His finished his career with Furniture and Appliance Mart, Wausau.  He served his country during World War II in the United States Navy enlisting when he was 17.  He trained at Great Lakes Naval Station, IL and served out of South Carolina on two ships, the USS F RENHALT and the USS COTTON.  Roy had a lifelong love of cars and music, especially his Saturday morning Polka music. He also enjoyed creating a backyard wonderland with Rosita (Seedy).

Survivors include his wife, Rosita; children, Terri Marie, Sun City West, AZ, Lee Ann (Pat) Yunke, Verona, WI, Jody (Tom) Kratwell, Rib Mountain, Pat Thorson, Incline Village, NV, Mike Thorson, Wausau and John (Lisa) Thorson, Rib Mountain; seven grandchildren, Brooke (Jim) Niemiec, Jeremy (Megan) Kratwell, Jamie Potter, Mary Kratwell, Jeff (Amanda) Yunke, Sara (Paul) Hanschke and Cory Thorson; 14 great-grandchildren, siblings, Bev Schirpke, Muriel Thorson, Ken (Nancy) Thorson and Lynn (Butch) Kuchenbeiser.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Peggy (Don) Denk, Gloria (John) Bast, Bernie (Ralph) Anderson, Larry (Carol) Thorson, Twyla (Jerry) Kroening, brother-in-law, Andy Schirpke.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Wausau.  Rev. Robert Thorn will preside.  Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services all at St. Matthew Catholic Church.  Current social distancing protocols will be observed and masks are required for all who attend.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at TLC Senior Care, especially Kathy H., and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for the kind, compassionate care given to Roy.

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December 30, 2020

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Matthew Catholic Church
229 South 28th Avenue
WI, 54401 US

Funeral Mass
December 30, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Matthew Catholic Church (Wausau)

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