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Robert J. Thorinson 1947-2016

September 13, 2016
Emmetsburg News

Funeral services for Robert J. Thorinson, 69, of Emmetsburg will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Chapel of Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.

The family will greet friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Joyce Funeral Home.

Robert John Thorinson, son of Orrin and Eva Mae (Spencer) Thorinson was born May 31, 1947 in Fort Dodge. He was raised in Emmetsburg where he was a 1965 graduate of Emmetsburg High School. Following his education, Bob entered the United States Air Force, serving from 1966 to 1971.

On Dec. 11, 1971 Bob was united in marriage to Teresa Rowe in Sioux Rapids. The couple lived in Emmetsburg, Callender, Webb and Ruthven, where they raised their three daughters. During retirement, Bob and Teresa moved to Emmetsburg.

Bob worked for General Telephone after his honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force. He also worked at the Spencer Packing Plant and Snap-On Tools until his retirement. Bob loved to go on antique collecting trips with his dad. He also enjoyed fishing, playing cribbage, time at the casino, country music, and riding horses as a kid. More than anything, he loved spending time with his family.

On Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, Bob passed away at the North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Teresa of Emmetsburg; three daughters: Robin Hockett and her husband, Paul of Spencer, Mindy Thorn and her fianc, Chad Ver Hoef of Ankeny, and Heather Jensen and her husband, Jeff of Ruthven; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and Jean Rowe of Cherokee, and a host of family and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Orrin and Eva Mae; mother and father-in-law, Wayne and Virginia Rowe; and son-in-law, Thomas Thorn.

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