May 23, 2019
Charles C. Thor, 105, of Hutchinson passed away Thursday, May 23, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson. A memorial service was Friday, May 31, at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. Officiating was the Rev. Scott Grorud. Organist was Sharon Barton. Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” “Because He Lives” and “Amazing Grace.” Urn bearer was his son Vernon Haugen Thor.
Charles “Charlie” Clarence Thor was born May 8, 1914, on the home farm in Oneka Township, Washington County, to Swan John and Anna (Johnson) Thor. He was baptized Dec. 12, 1917, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater, and confirmed in his faith there May 20, 1928. Charlie attended country school, District 40, through seventh grade, starting a year early (for that era) at age 5. He passed some of the required state boards in fifth grade and the rest in seventh grade, thus skipping eighth grade. In 1929, he attended one winter term at the University of Minnesota farm school. Charlie farmed with his father and only brother, Walter.
On Dec. 19, 1942, Charlie married Harriet Anita Knutson at University Lutheran Church of Hope in Minneapolis. They shared more than 76 years of marriage and were blessed with four children, Constance Jo, Lorelie Anita, Rosanna Jean and Vernon Charles.
Charlie and Harriet farmed on the home farm at Stillwater until March 1961, when they moved to the Oakwood Farm near Cosmos. In 1965, they moved to Hutchinson where they started a machine shop, Custom Made Equipment. Charlie was an accomplished welder, repairing farm machinery and inventing equipment. The Minnesota Inventors Congress awarded him a grand prize for his hydraulic hitch creation. He enjoyed immensely his trips delivering the snow blowers he manufactured to customers in Minnesota and other states. His work was never just work for him, it was his hobby. Laughing and joking with his customers made his day.
Playing Scrabble with Harriet in the evenings was a tradition for many years. Reading books, magazines and the daily Minneapolis Star Tribune brought great pleasure to him until his eyesight failed. Visiting with friends and the morning coffee crowd at Cash Wise Foods were highlights for him. Charlie was a faithful member of Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson since 1965. In April 2013, Charlie entered Harmony River Living Center due to health problems. He was the most grateful person for the loving care given to him by the wonderful staff. His philosophy in life was respect of his fellow man and gratitude for a full life.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 76 years, Harriet Thor of Hutchinson; daughters, Constance Dallmann and her husband Kenneth of Cosmos, Lorelie Davis and her husband John of Prior Lake, Rosanna Roedder and her husband Ulrich of Lakeville; son Vernon Haugen Thor and his wife Turid of Kløfta, Norway; grandchildren, Davin (Andrea) Dallmann, Barbara Ramgren, Sara (Jeff) Murphy, Alexander Haugen Thor and Jenny Haugen Thor; great-grandchildren, Mitchell (Kellie) Ramgren, Erik Ramgren, Abigail Dallmann, Michael Dallmann, Declan Murphy and Greta Murphy; great-great-grandchildren, Autumn Lothert and Averie Ramgren; and many other relatives and friends.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents John and Anna Thor; brother Walter Thor and his wife Florence; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Alex and Myrtle Johnson; and by his parents-in-law Andrew and Hilda Knutson.
Arrangements by Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guestbook available at hantge.com.