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Ernest E. Thooft

July 26, 1932 June 3, 2021
Ernest E. Thooft
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ERNEST ERMIN THOOFT was born to Camiel and Flosie (DeBree) Thooft on July 26, 1932 on a farm in Lyon County, Minnesota where he was raised and attended country school. In 1946, he moved with his parents to a farm northeast of Tyler, Minnesota. On January 20, 1953, he entered the United States Army and served during the Korean Conflict. While in the service, he received the Combat Infantry Badge, the Korean Service Ribbon, Bronze Star, the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. After his honorable discharge from the service in October of 1954, he returned to the family farm. On September 17, 1955, he was united in marriage to Victoria DeBaere at St. Eloi Catholic Church in Ghent, Minnesota. Following their marriage, they lived on the family farm in Tyler. Ernie continued to farm there until his retirement on May 17, 1986. After his retirement, he lived on the farm until 1995, when he moved into Tyler. While living there, he worked part time for Tyler Oil. In July of 2017, Ernie became a resident of the Sunrise Manor in Tyler where he died peacefully on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at the age of 88 years, 10 months, and 8 days.

Ernie was a member of St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. He was also a member of the VFW where he had served as the commander. He also served on the Russell School Board. He enjoyed playing rolle bolle, and he was invited to play in the international rolle bolle games in Belgium. He especially enjoyed his life work of farming, playing cards, and spending time with his children.

He is lovingly remembered by four sons, Randall (Laureen) of Balaton, Minnesota, Robert (Melanie) of Tyler, Minnesota, Ronald (Pam) of Russell, Minnesota, and Butch (Kayleen) of Brookings, South Dakota; three daughters, Rita (Charles) Klukas of Russell, Minnesota, Rose (Todd) Draper of Marshall, Minnesota, and Rhonda (Criss) Newton of Brookings, South Dakota; 23 grandchildren; and 41 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Rustin Thooft; granddaughter, Jodi Pries; great-grandson, Theo Paluch; two brothers, Leon and Andrew; and sister, Julia Labat.

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Memorial Visitation

Tuesday

8

Jun

9:00 AM 6/8/2021 9:00:00 AM - 10:00 AM 6/8/2021 10:00:00 AM
St. Dionysius Catholic Church - Tyler

213 Linwood
Tyler, MN 56178

St. Dionysius Catholic Church - Tyler
213 Linwood Tyler 56178 MN
United States

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday

8

Jun

10:00 AM 6/8/2021 10:00:00 AM
St. Dionysius Catholic Church - Tyler

213 Linwood
Tyler, MN 56178

St. Dionysius Catholic Church - Tyler
213 Linwood Tyler 56178 MN
United States

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St. Dionysius Catholic Cemetery - Tyler Final Resting Place

44.288146,-96.120093
Tyler, MN 56178

44.288146,-96.120093 Tyler 56178 MN
United States
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