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Russell D. Thurow
Russell Donald Thurow, 83, passed away Tuesday, April 30 surrounded by his family after an accident at his Peshtigo home last week.
The son of Harold and Carroll (Smith) Thurow was born in Marinette and raised on the family farm in the Town of Grover. He attended Payne School through 8th grade and then worked on the family farm before joining the United States Army, serving in Germany for two years.
Upon returning to Peshtigo he was employed at the Thompson Boat Factory. He married Lettie Mae Yetter in 1954 at Trinity Evangelical United Brethren Church (now Grover Community). He was later employed at Badger Paper Mills, retiring from there in 1992 after 35 years. He enjoyed traveling, camping with family, gardening, biking, cross-country skiing, walking, reading biographies and his favorite book the Bible.
Throughout much of his adult life he was an active member of Grover Community Church, serving in many capacities, including teaching Sunday School, directing the bus ministry, leading Wednesday night Bible study, as well as serving as a deacon, custodian and head usher. He was a past board member of Lake Lundgren Bible Camp located in Pembine as a counselor, was part of the dishwashing crew and lent a hand wherever he could for close to 30 years. More recently he worked with the Marinette-Menominee Jail Outreach and volunteered at Bay Area Medical Center to assist with transporting patients within the hospital along with many hours of visiting patients at the hospital and area nursing homes. Free time was spent playing with his four great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Lettie Mae Yetter of Peshtigo; a son, Michael (Marcia) Thurow of Peshtigo; a daughter, Karen (Tom) Greil of Freedom; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Cecil (Leo) Seefeldt of Coleman and a sister-in-law, Audrey Yetter of Eagle River.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother-in-law, Wilber Yetter.
Visitation will be held on Friday, May 3 at Berth & Rosenthal Funeral Home, Peshtigo from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and continues on Saturday, May 4 at Grover Community Church from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.
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