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Thomas M. Findley, 75

Thomas Merritt Findley, age 75, of Rockford, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis surrounded by his family and friends.

He was born Jan. 22, 1934, to Merritt and Anna (Zubas) Findley in Rockford.

Thomas was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting, and camping. A constant companion was his dog, Buffie. Spending time with his grandchildren was the highlight of his life.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Merritt and Anna Findley; son Michael Findley; and grandson Raymond Haberman.

He is survived by his children, Anne Salsman, Greg and Debbie Findley, Patrick and Lora Findley, and Jennifer and Greg Haberman; children’s mother, Sharon Findley; daughter-in-law Roxanne Findley; grandchildren Mitchell, Kristin, Ryan, Brandon, BriAnna, Christian, Samuel, Nick, and Allissa; sister Audrey Peters; friend Patti Albrecht; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A gathering of family and friends will be Thursday, March 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Chapel in Delano. Inurnment will be in the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.