Timothy “Tim” Neil Thomsen, 71, originally of Spencer, Iowa, passed away May 18, 2019, in Omaha. He was born on April 12, 1948, in Spencer and graduated from Spencer High School in 1966. After graduating, Tim joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Vietnam War from May 1967 to February 1971. He joined the Navy so he could see the world, but discovered that most of the world is water.
He eventually returned to Spencer to farm with his father on the Thomsen Dairy Farm. Shortly thereafter, he met LuAnn Wegener, the love of his life. He was a true romancer, wooing LuAnn by leaving a dead chicken in her car and then “accidentally” dumping manure on her. His charms clearly worked since they wed in May 1976.
In 1990 he began working for UPS, where he worked until he suffered a stroke in 2013. While the stroke took his ability to walk and fully communicate, it did not take his sense of humor.
Tim also enjoyed music and taught himself how to play the harmonica. He would play the harmonica as he drove and have his family name the tune instead of playing the radio. He was happiest outside working with his animals or farming. He enjoyed raising animals, including some unique ones like emus and llamas, and giving them fun names or names of people he knew. Most of all, Tim was a kind and loving family man. He’d dress up as Santa at Christmas and would play “Happy Birthday” on the harmonica for family members.
Tim is preceded in death by his parents Bernard and Berma (Olson) Thomsen, sister Sue Thomsen, brother David Andrew Thomsen, parents-in-law Merlyn and Loretta Wegener, and grandson David Theodore Thomsen. He is survived and will be dearly missed by wife LuAnn Thomsen; children April Marx and her husband Michael of Omaha, Peter Thomsen and his wife Danielle of San Diego, Robyn McGrath and her husband Shawn of Omaha, and David Thomsen and his wife Tara of Fort Hood; 10 grandchildren Gabriel and Sloane Marx of Omaha, Ryan and Benjamin Thomsen of San Diego, Brennen, Alivia and Josie McGrath of Omaha, and Danica, Harlow and Thea Thomsen of Fort Hood; three sisters Joan Loring and her husband Jeff, Julie Hanson and her husband Kent, and Cindy Heiter, all of Spencer; foster sister Arlene Christensen and her husband Dale of Ames; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to either Clay County Fair Charitable Trust, specifically to Grandpa’s Barn or Clay County 4H Club. And although Tim would often be late to everything, his family will ensure he will not be late to his own funeral.
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