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Born: February 5, 1925

Place of Birth: Riverside, CA

Death: October 6, 2012

Place of Death: Grand Forks, ND

Occupation: University of North Dakota


Survived By

Irene Campbell, Spouse

Ann (Keith) Brundin, Daughter

Stephen (Jacqueline) Thomas, Son

Mary (Michael) Burbach, Daughter

Patricia (Richard) Astrup, Sister

10, Grandchildren

6, Great-Grandchildren


Preceded in Death By

Bernard Thomas, Father

Claire (Burnett) Thomas, Mother

Murial Thomax, Spouse

Michael Thomas, Son

Douglas Thomas, Son

Sarah Thomax, Granddaughter




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Dahl Funeral Home
East Grand Forks, MN





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Vernon James Thomas

    February 5, 1925  -  October 6, 2012
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Vernon J. Thomas, age 87 of East Grand Forks, MN passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Valley Eldercare Center, Grand Forks, ND
Vernon James Thomas was born on February 5, 1925 in Riverside CA, the son of Bernard and Claire (Burnett) Thomas. In 1934 the family moved to Minneapolis, MN where he graduated from DeLaSalle High School in 1942. Following his high school graduation, he joined the United States Army in 1943 where he served in the Philippines and Japan. Vernon attended the University of North Dakota. On October 7, 1950 he was united in marriage to Murial Sorenson until she passed away on October 16, 1996. He worked for Firestone, Industrial Credit and was a volunteer firefighter while in Minneapolis. He moved with his family to East Grand Forks in 1963 and worked as the Bursar for the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks before retiring in 1990. On June 18, 1999 he married Irene Campbell.
Loving family members of Vern include his wife Irene of East Grand Forks, MN; children, Ann (Keith) Brundin of Sioux Falls, SD, Stephen (Jacqueline) Thomas of East Grand Forks, MN and Mary (Michael) Burbach of St. Paul, MN; his sister, Patricia (Richard) Astrup of Fergus Falls, MN; grandchildren: Bernie, Jeffrey, Lesa, Jessica, Alia, Katie, Laura, Etsgnet, Dagamawit and Meheret; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Vernon is predeceased in death by his parents; wife Muriel; two sons, Michael and Douglas Thomas along with granddaughter Sarah Thomas.
In Lieu of flowers, the family respectively asks that memorials be given to Sacred Heart Development Fund.

Visitation: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM with a 6:30 PM Prayer Service on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 in Dahl Funeral Home of East Grand Forks, MN and also 1 hour prior to the Funeral Service on Thursday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Funeral Service: 10:00 AM on Thursday, October 11, 2012 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 200 3rd St. NW, East Grand Forks, MN

Interment: Resurrection Cemetery ~ East Grand Forks, MN