Iowa Man Loses Fight for Life

Injured in propane explosion


Earl ThelanderA man injured in a propane explosion last week died in the hospital over the weekend.

Eighty-year-old Earl Thelander had been hospitalized since last Tuesday when he was burned over 40 percent of his body.

He was venting a home that he owns in Onawa when propane fumes ignited.

It’s believed the copper gas line was cut by thieves in search of scrap metal.

A funeral will be held Thursday for Thelander in his hometown at the First Christian Church.


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Posted by: Kim on Oct 12, 2007 at 10:20 AM
My thoughts are with you, Doug, and the rest of your family … I lost my mother and father in that boating accident in mid-July. I know what it is like to wait for a miracle in the halls of the UNMC ICU. Know that you are not alone in the world of senseless deaths. I hope they can charge the thief with involuntary manslaughter = 1-20 yrs in prision. Many people will be thinking of you and watching the news to see this killer caught.

Posted by: Geo on Sep 3, 2007 at 09:25 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I pray that these thieves are caught before they harm anyone else so needlessly. And yes, I to hope they can be charged for much more than theft.

Posted by: Lisa on Sep 3, 2007 at 05:49 PM
I hope the copper thieves will be caught and can be tried for murder because of this! My heart goes out to Mr. Thelander and his family. I hope his family will find comfort in his long productive and loving life despite this senseless ending.

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