Farming Rural 07

Lyle Anton Thomsen

April 1, 1930 ~ March 6, 2020 (age 89)


Lyle Anton Thomsen, 89, of rural St. Paul, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2020, at home, surrounded by his family.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the United Methodist Church in St. Paul. The Rev. Dr. Russ Anderson will be officiating.  Burial will be at the South Logan Cemetery, north of St. Paul.  Military Honors will be provided by the Carl Mogensen American Legion Post 119 Honor Guard.  

Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. on Monday, March 9, 2020 at the United Methodist Church in St. Paul.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date. 

Lyle was born on April 1, 1930 to Andrew and Ruth (Anderson) Thomsen, north of St. Paul in the house he lived in his entire life.  He attended District 42 School through the eighth grade and then farmed with his brother on the family farm. Lyle served as a corporal in the National Guard from 1951-1957.

Lyle married Loraine “Lory” Paris on September 23, 1956 in Grand Island.  They made their home on the family farm north of St. Paul.  He farmed until his death.  He was a modest man who loved farming, repairing equipment and playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

He was a director of the St. Paul Co-Op Grain Association, a 4-H leader for many years, a member of the Eagles Club, and a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church.  In 2019, Lyle and his family received the Ak-Sar-Ben Pioneer Family Farm Award. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 63 years, Lory Thomsen of St. Paul; his children, Lynda (Don) Berggren of St. Paul, Lonny (Janet) Thomsen of Wolbach, and Lajean (Raymond) Sheldon of Sargent; grandchildren, Dane (Shelby) Berggren of St. Paul, Andrew (Jamie) Thomsen of Adams, Courtney Campbell of Holdrege, Wade (Lindsey) Sheldon of Kearney, Blake Thomsen of Valentine, Logan Berggren of St. Paul, Justin Sheldon of Sargent, and CaLee Thomsen of Wolbach; great-grandchildren, Robert Campbell, Charlotte Thomsen, Connor Berggren, Parker Berggren, Evelyn Thomsen, and Ella Sheldon; sister-in-law, Beverly Porter of Grand Island; and nephews and nieces. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother and sister-in-law, Merle and Geraldine Thomsen. 

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March 9, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
United Methodist Church (St. Paul)

March 10, 2020

11:00 AM
United Methodist Church (St. Paul)

March 10, 2020

12:15 PM
South Logan Cemetery
20th Avenue & Hardy Road
St. Paul, NE 68873

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