Thelmer E. Rudlong, 94, of Spring Valley, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester.

Thelmer E. Rudlong was born on Jan. 19, 1922, in Clayton Township, Minnesota, son of Arthur and Agnes (Engerud) Rudlong.

He attended country school at Bennington Country School until the eighth grade.

Thelmer went on to complete one semester at the University Of Minnesota School of Agriculture where he was on the swim and track team and also held the lead role in the play “The Shoe Maker.”

While he was attending the University Of Minnesota School Of Agriculture, Pearl Harbor was attacked. He returned home and enlisted in the Army. Before going for his training, President Franklin Roosevelt enacted a “Farm Freeze.” Thus, he served his country by staying on the farm.

On Nov. 7, 1942, Thelmer married Vernice Hague at United Methodist Church in Spring Valley. Most of Thelmer’s life was spent farming, which he loved.

Thelmer served on the Sumner Township Board for several years and for many of the years he was supervisor. For a short time he worked at Touhy Furniture in Chatfield. For 25 years Thelmer and Vernice enjoyed the winter months in Arizona. Thelmer was a very social person.

He enjoyed visiting at the Spring Valley Care Center on Sundays and meeting family and friends for breakfast at Elaine’s.

He always had an opinion on the subject matter being discussed. Thelmer’s family was his pride and joy.

In the past few years Thelmer made sure to spend quality time with each of his family members.

Thelmer is survived by his children, Marilyn (Raymond) Van Schaick of Spring Valley; Karol (Arnie) Lange of Racine, Minn.; Larry Rudlong of Spring Valley; Sharon Glonek of Wascott, Wis.; Alvin (Donna) Rudlong of Spring Valley; Beverly Rudlong of Minneapolis; Brenda (David) Shepherd of Minneapolis; and Kristine Greenwood of Grand Meadow; daughters-in-law, JoAnn Rudlong of Seattle, Wash., and Sonja Orendorff of Longmont, Colo.; 40 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Adeline Hairsine of Kasson and Gladys (Leonard) Gehrking of Spring Valley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Vernice in December 2010, sons, Thelmer “Bud” and Leslie, infant daughter, Karen, and two grandsons.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 23, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Betsy Dartt officiating. Burial will take place at the Spring Valley Cemetery.

Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley assisted the family.

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