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Remembering Earl Thelander

Posted: May 10, 2008 08:13 PM

A hometown gathers to remember a Monona County man who died last year. Earl Thelander died September, 1st 2007 from burns he suffered in an explosion after copper thieves stole copper piping from his rural Onawa, Iowa property.

A special ceremony was held Saturday in front of the Veteran’s Memorial Museum in Onawa. Those attending dedicated two spruce trees that were planted Friday. A cement bench will also be installed to help the entire family remember the husband, father, and grandfather.

“We can come out here, and the kids come to the swimming pool, and so, they can always say, you know, that tree was planted in memory of my grandpa,” says Hope Thelander, Earl’s wife.

Friday would have been Thelander’s 81st birthday. The investigation into who stole the copper is still ongoing.

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