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Earl Thelander

Sep 14, 2007 – 11:31 AM

Earl Leland Thelander, age 80, of Onawa, Iowa, passed away September 1, 2007 at the Nebraska Medical Burn Center at Omaha from second and third degree burns from a propane explosion.

Earl was born May 9, 1927 at Arcadia, NE to Henry and Amanda (Gestrine) Thelander. When he was eight years old, the family moved to Polk County where he attended grade school at District #62 and graduated from High Prairie High School in 1944. He also attended Sunday school and was confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church at Swede Home.

He is survived by his loving wife Hope and six children Doug Thelander of Castana, Iowa, Byron (Sharon) Thelander, Vicki (Olis) Gray, all of Onawa, Iowa, Cindy (Doug) Miller of Sioux City, Iowa, Gaylen (Ruthie) Thelander of Madera, CA, Brad Thelander of Sergeant Bluffs, IA; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four sisters Betty (Clarence) Nielsen of Stromsburg, Darlene Gordon of York, Jean Twarling of Sidney and Wanda (Delano) Ahlquist of Loveland, CO; three brothers Deen (Ginger) Thelander of Harrison, AR, Darwin (Sarah) Thelander of Peel, AR and Doyle (Gina) Thelander of Lincoln.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Bobby Gray, and brothers-in-law Hal Gordon and Glenn Twarling.

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