Richard Robert Thom, age 68 of Ottertail, MN died peacefully in his sleep at his home on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.
Richard was born on October 23, 1948 in Fergus Falls to Robert and Joyce (Norgren) Thom. He was the eldest of eight siblings.
Richard graduated Fergus Falls High School. He served with the United States Army in the Vietnam War from 1968-1969. Upon his return, Richard attended Wahpeton State School of Science where he obtained his Architectural Drawing and Estimating degree.
Richard was united in marriage to Linda Neset on January 15, 1972 in Rochert, MN. Together they raised three children.
Richard worked for both Peavey and Homestead Building Supplies, as well as Carr's Marine, until he purchased Rush Lake Building Supplies in 1988, of which he was still operating part-time.
He was an active member in his church at Northwoods Assembly, where he most recently helped lead a Bible study.
In his spare time Richard most enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and crafting furniture. Above all, he valued his time spent with family and grandchildren. Richard was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather with a very generous heart who always looked to bring out the best in his children and grandchildren.
Preceding Richard in death were his father Robert; brother-in-law Tim Runningen; sister-in-law Marge Foltz; and his nephew Aaron Thom.
Richard is survived by his wife Linda; his children Martin (Tanya) Thom, Kristy (Ryan) Osterman and Leann (Kevin) Feldt; grandchildren Breanna (Connor) Hacklander, Dawson and Khloe Thom, Alexa and Cash Osterman, Kaden, Kylie and Klara Feldt; his mother Joyce Thom; siblings Eldora, Nancy, Wayne, Phillip, Amy, Becky and Kirby; and several in-laws, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visitation will be Friday, September 1 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 at Schoeneberger Funeral & Cremation Service in Perham. Visitation will resume on Saturday, September 2 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at Northwoods Assembly Church in Perham. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls, MN on Tuesday, September 5 at 2:00 p.m.
Schoeneberger Funeral & Cremation Service, Perham, MN (218) 346-5175 www.schoenebergerfh.com