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Rodger D. Thorn

January 5, 1938 — March 27, 2021

Rodger D. Thorn, 83, of Fort Dodge, went to his heavenly home early Saturday morning on March 27, 2021, where he was greeted by his loved ones “upstairs”. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 400 S. 13th Street, with Rev. Kendall Meyer officiating. Masks are recommended. Services will be live streamed via the Historic Bruce Funeral Home Facebook page. Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at the Historic Bruce Funeral Home, 923 1st Avenue South, and continue one hour prior to the church service. Interment will take place at Union Cemetery in Humboldt, IA. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Rodger was born January 5, 1938, to the late Paul Thorn and Mabel (Larsen) Thorn. He was 6th in line of the family of 10 children (4 boys and 6 girls). He hauled a lot of grain for his father. He also worked at National Gypsum Mills, Standard Engineering for quite a few years and then went on to work at Farm Egg. He retired in June of 2002. He also liked to garden and for several years canned a lot of what was planted. He was also an outdoors person who liked to hunt and fish. Sharon went with him on a lot of those fishing trips. Fishing was “super” good. Rodger loved being around his family doing things with them especially at “picnic time”.

Rodger married the love of his life, Sharon Hiveley, on September 19, 1971, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge. This happy time lasted 49 ½ years.

Rodger is survived by his wife: Sharon Thorn; sisters: Mildred Steineck of Boone, IA, Mary Lee Ingalls of Alleman, IA, Joyce Goos of Boone, IA and Dianne Christianson of California. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Rodger was preceded in death by his parents: Paul and Mabel (Larsen) Thorn; brothers: Robert “Bill” Thorn, Melvin Thorn and Jerry Thorn; and sisters: Marian (Thorn) McArthur and Violet (Thorn) Ahrens.

Rodger was a likable and a lovable guy who is really going to be missed.

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Past Services


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Funeral Home

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

St. Paul Lutheran Church

, Fort Dodge, IA 50501

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