Philip Leslie Thinesen, age 85, of Cokato, passed away Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, surrounded by his family.
He was born Nov. 13, 1929, in Askov, to John William Thinesen and Theodora (Hansen) Thinesen. Phil was the third of four sons, Rex, Ralph and John, and a foster daughter, Mae (Thompson) Anderson.
He graduated from Sandstone High School, worked on the ore boats on Lake Superior, and joined the US Army in 1948.
Phil accepted a second tour of duty in 1952, at the outbreak of the Korean War, when his specialty of radio communications was in high demand. At his discharge, he had earned the rank of staff sergeant.
Phil married Inez Olson in 1952, and together they had six children.
Following his service, Phil trained under the GI Bill as a manager for Central Lumber Yards, working in Sandstone, Mora, and then moving his family to Cokato in 1960, to take over at the Standard Lumber Company, where he worked until his retirement in 1990.
He was a member of the American Legion for 60 years.
Phil was a 20-plus-year veteran of the Cokato Volunteer Fire Department.
He enjoyed western movies, history, good humor, crossword puzzles, reading, and collecting marbles and lighters. Phil enjoyed hunting, fishing, agate collecting, nature, and spending time laughing with family and friends. He was proud of his Danish heritage.
Phil is survived by five children, Phyllis Wachutka (Bruce) of Chanhassen, Paul Thinesen (Colleen) of St. Cloud, Pamela Thinesen of Ramsey, Philip Thinesen (Joyce), and Perry Thinesen (Joyce), all of Cokato; 12 grandchildren; two great-granddaughters and five great-grandsons; a brother, John of Askov; brother-in-law Wilbert (Buzz) Olson (Carol) of Sandstone; and special friend of 14 years, Wilma Nelson of Cokato.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Inez (Jan. 1, 2000); infant daughter Peggy Jean (Dec. 18, 1960); his parents, John and Dora; foster sister Mae; and brothers Ralph and Rex.
The funeral service took place Saturday, Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato, with interment at Spring Park Cemetery in Sandstone.
There was visitation Friday, Aug. 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato handled the arrangements.