Herman Thurn, 70, of Wishek, died Sunday, October 31, 1999, at his home.
Herman was born December 15, 1928, on the family farm 20 miles southwest of Wishek, the son of Emil F. and Katherina (Aipperspach) Thurn. Herman was baptized, confirmed and married at St. Andrews Lutheran Church at rural Zeeland.
He grew up on the family farm and received his elementary education in rural Strasburg District School No. 1, where he graduated from the eighth grade. Herman married Ruth Meidinger on June 1, 1952, at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, rural Zeeland. Following their marriage, they farmed and ranched at rural Zeeland, on the Thurn family farm, which his grandfather homesteaded in 1885. In 1995, after 43 years of farming, Herman and Ruth retired and moved to Wishek.
Herman was a member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church at rural Zeeland, where he held various offices and was currently serving as trustee and cemetery sexton.
The church was very important to Herman and he served as a Sunday School teacher for 12 years, and as church organist for many years.
Herman was a former member of the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association, the North Dakota Polled Hereford Association, and the McIntosh County Agriculture Improvement Association. He was a member of the Wishek Lions Club and the Wishek Diamond Square Dance Club. Herman's hobbies included fishing, woodworking, square dancing and playing pinochle.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth; one son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Karen Thurn of Bismarck; one daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Keith Hochhalter of Ashley; nine grandchildren, Jonathan, Zachery, Jeremiah, Emily and Benjamin Thurn and Martin, Joseph, Adam and Hope Hochhalter and his mother, Katherina Thurn of Wishek.
He was preceded in death by his father, Emil, his sister, Alma, and three infant brothers.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 3, 1999, at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Wishek with the Rev. Donald Hansen and Rev. Victor St. George officiating.
Burial was in St. Andrew's Lutheran Cemetery, rural Zeeland under the direction of Dahlstrom Funeral Home of Wishek.