THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Thomas J. Elbe
Issue Date: May 17, 2018
Thomas J. Elbe, age 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 8th grade when he left school to help his folks on the farm.
In 1943 he joined the United States 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 Company. On April 11, 1949, the couple purchased his parent's 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 with his grandson Jeffrey.
Thomas is survived by his wife of 70 years, Marjorie; 6 children, Jim (special friend, Sharon), Maellen (Dan), Rick (Wendy), Tom (Gail), Scott (LoAnn) and Cindy (Randy); 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon; a grandson, Matthew; a daughter-in-law, Yvonne; 4 brothers, Rheinhold, Wally, Robert and Paul and 4 sisters, Esther, Ruth, Rose Marie and Dona.
Visitation was held on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring from 4 pm until 8 pm. Visitation continued on Monday, May 14, 2018 at Tabor Lutheran Church in Mountain from 9 am until the funeral service at 11 am, with Pastor Paul Scheunemann officiating. Thomas will be interred in Mountain Cemetery. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home of 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.