A Legacy Worthy of His Calling

25Terry L. Thorson, 64, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away on Saturday evening, August 22, 2015 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. His memorial service will be 11:00 AM Friday, August 28 at Oak Hills Baptist Church. Private burial will precede the service. Visitation begins at 5:00 PM Thursday, August 27 at George Boom Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Sioux Falls, where the family will greet friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Terry was the beloved husband of Kathryn M. Thorson; loving father of Kristin M. Cooke and her husband, Caleb and Scott W. Sorenson and his wife, Emily, both of Sioux Falls, and Stacy M. Knapp and her husband, Daniel, of Naperville, IL; treasured grandfather of Jude, William, Joshua, Merideth, Caleb, Maya Grace, Matthew, and Vander; and respected brother of Theodore “Ted” Thorson and his wife, Linda, Warrenville, IL and Laurie Meyer and her husband, Scott, Pensacola, FL. Terry was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Bethany Clara Knaap; and his parents, Theodore and Loretta Thorson.

22Terry was born in Sioux Falls, SD on May 19, 1951 to Theodore and Loretta (Neuberger) Thorson. Except for time served in the US Air Force from 1971 to 1977, his life was spent in the Sioux Falls area. He was united in marriage with Kathryn M. Thorson on May 23, 1985 at Central Baptist Church in Sioux Falls.

Many will remember Terry for several of his passions, including golf, bowling, and politics. Weekends often found him working for hours in the yard and garden so he could relax on the couch to catch up on a golf tournament or play 18 holes at Elmwood with his son and son-in-law. After pursuing another hobby for 45 years, he reached the culmination of every bowler’s dream ten years ago, when he bowled a perfect game. As a devout patriot, much could be said concerning his zeal for politics as he was always prepared to debate current political trends, proposed legislation, or the atmosphere in Washington D.C.

19Terry was an active member of Oak Hills Baptist Church where he served as an usher for over ten years. Following several Promise Keepers events, his faith became the backbone of the remainder of his life demonstrated by his consistency to family, loyal and supportive character, and hard-working nature.

Terry viewed his illness through a lens of eternity; his perspective was not of pity but of a concern for those he would leave behind. His family will remember him as a committed man of faith who allowed his salvation to impact every part of his life, adored his daughter and grandchildren, and embraced his role as a stepfather. We are thankful that we can be confident of his eternal dwelling place and rejoice with him that he is now with Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Kathy and the family would like to thank everyone for their love and support. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial in Terry’s name to Oak Hills Baptist Church or Cru Military, https://give.cru.org/2283732 , Account #2283732.

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  1. Kristina Dean says:

    Kristin: I am so sorry to hear of your loss, even though it was heaven’s gain. I have a suspicion that my mom was in line to greet him in heaven, after Bethany and his parents. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve his passing and laugh and cry as you remember treasured moments and hear from friends and loved ones of their sweet memories.

    Mama Dean

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