Thomas LeRoy Condon, age 87, of Silver Lake, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Services, lovingly surrounded by his family.
A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, June 6 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, officiated by concelebrants Father Paul Schumacher, Father Tony Stubeda, and Father Todd Petersen. Interment will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery at Silver Lake.
Visitation took place at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake Sunday, June 5 from 4 to 8 p.m., with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 5 p.m., and a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will be further visitation Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Honorary pallbearers are Nic Bacon, Daniel Condon, Timothy Fiecke, Josh Forcier, Jedediah Rasmussen John Condon, Thomas Condon, and Greg Condon.
Thomas’ six sons will be his pallbearers: Thomas Jr., James, Stephen, Vincent, Charles and Paul Condon.
The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.mareshfuneralhome.com.
Thomas was born Aug. 27, 1928, at St. Cloud, and lived most of his youth at Forest City and Cedar Mills.
He met the love of his life, Virginia Baune, at a Whoopee John dance at Olivia. Seven months later, Tom and Virginia were married, Nov. 10, 1953, in St. Anne’s Catholic Church at Wabasso.
Early in their marriage, the couple lived in Hutchinson. They outgrew their small house and in 1970, moved to their farm near Silver Lake.
For the last 16 years, Tom and Virginia wintered at Pine to Palm Resort Park at Weslaco, TX, where Tom ran the bingo games for many years.
Tom worked as a truck driver for 37 years at Hutchinson Manufacturing, and since 1970, he also farmed on the side. He was blessed to have worked in two careers that he loved.
He enjoyed playing cards and Yatzee, visiting relatives, teasing Mom to stir up her dander as he winked to his kids, taking Sunday drives after church to check out the area fields, going on daily walks up and down the rows in his own fields (he was proud of his crops), and taking his kids along on rides in the truck.
Along with three of his brothers-in-law, Tom was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Anastasia Church at Hutchinson. He currently was a KC member at Holy Family at Silver Lake.
Tom was very faithful to his Catholic faith, and never missed Mass without a very good reason.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Virginia; and their children: Barbara Stelzner, Thomas (Rhonda) Condon, Veronica (Paul) Fiecke, James (Kathy) Condon, Stephen (Kathy) Condon, Vincent (Rose) Condon, Charles (Julie) Condon, Liz (Mike) Bacon, Gina Riss, Bernadette (Craig) Rasmussen, and Paul (Bethany) Condon; and his siblings Betty Maresch, Ardella (Joseph) O’Fallon, Diane (John) Bastian, and Michael Condon.
He is further survived by 41 grandchildren: Jennifer Hunt, Rebecca Aase, Thomas Condon, Erik (Hannah) Condon, Kara Condon; Shannon Fiecke, Dustin Fiecke, Timothy Fiecke, Andrew Fiecke; Jacob (Heather) Condon, Daniel (Shelly) Condon, Laura Condon, Theresa (Mike) Lucin; Samantha Condon, Christopher Condon, Kimberly Condon, Allison Condon; John (Jennifer) Condon, Michael (Kristen) Condon, Michelle (Nick) Pramann; Ted Condon, Lee Condon; Nic Bacon, Amber Bacon, Cody Bacon, Mikenzee Bacon; Natasha Forcier, Joshua Forcier, Justin Forcier, Brianna Forcier; Jedediah Rasmussen, Hosanna (Rob) Termaat, Christian Rasmussen, Abigail Rasmussen; Greg Condon, Jeremy Condon, Nicole Condon, and step grandchildren Cody Jensen, Nate Smith, Zach Smith, and Emelia Smith; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, William and Marie Condon; father- and mother-in-law Clarence and Marie Baune; son-in-law Thomas Stelzner; great-grandson Mason; sister Cathy Ewald and her husband, Ray; brother Wm. Howard and his wife, Myrtle; sister Lanora Schlueter and her husband, Alvin; brother Patrick; brothers-in-law Harold Maresch, Gerald Baune, and Leslie Schroeder; and sisters-in-law Jean Baune, Barbara Baune, and Kathy Baune.