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Saturday October 10th, 2020
9:30am - 11:30am

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Cross of Glory Lutheran Church
Saturday October 10th, 2020

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Russell Ernest Thostenson

Russell Ernest Thostenson of Hartland, MN born July 5, 1949 to Willie & Elsie Thostenson, passed away at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN October 6, 2020 at the age of 71.

Russell was born and raised in Bath Township.  He was baptized and confirmed at Cross of Glory Church in Hartland, MN.  He attended school in Ellendale, MN and graduated with the Class of 1967.  Russell remained in the area his entire life where he was a farmer.

In May 1971, Russell married Jean Swearingen and then later divorced.

Russell had a passion for horses, they were his greatest hobby.  He enjoyed farming with them and driving them.  He also found great satisfaction in breaking horses for others.  Most recently, he took great pride in restoring tractors. 

Russell is survived by his three children, ten grandchildren and one great grandchild; Wendy (Brian) Bogen, Jordan, Jayce and Jenna of Owatonna, Erika (Josh) Peroutka, Destiny, River, Zach, Abel, Kinsley and Dom of Faribault, Jeff (Kaely) Thostenson, Ally and Ayla of Owatonna.  Russell is also survived by his three brothers; Ralph (Dianne) Thostenson of Albert Lea, Wilfred (Mary) Thostenson of Ellendale, Gordon (Donna) Thostenson of Ellendale and several nieces and nephews. Russell is preceded in death by his parents and nephews Lonnie, Donald and Michael Thostenson.

Memorial Services will be held for Russell at 11:30 am on Saturday October 10, 2020 at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Hartland with Reverend Steve Schwartz presiding. Visitation will take place two hours prior to the service on Saturday.

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Our sympathy and prayers to the Thostenson family. May your good memories and pictures help you through this difficult time. Russell was a classmate and always had a great smile.
Sharon Grosland Hogen

Sharon Hogen Oct 10 2020 12:00 AM

Wendy, Erika, Jeff and all the family, Everyone is in our thoughts and prayers at this time. The Bath Corner will never be the same without Russ there! As you know,we were neighbors growing up, rode the the same school bus and graduated together. We pray God will give all of you strength now and the many days to come.
Love Scott and Coni(Drager/Misgen)Evenson

connie evenson Oct 9 2020 12:00 AM

Russell was a friend of mine.we worked at farmstead foods. He was one of the most genuine friend I've ever had. RIP my friend

Darren Deboer Oct 9 2020 12:00 AM

He will be a man that can never be forgotten we had good days and bad days but we always seemed to come back to one another. The auctions we used to go to will never be the same without him and all the wagon rides he used to love doing he had a heart of gold will always love him he was one of my truest friends always and forever

Rashell Mogenson Oct 9 2020 12:00 AM

My condolences to the family of Russell Thostenson. Prayers and sympathy at this time of sorrow and sadness are being sent to all. Ill miss my cousin very much. Always had a great time.

Phyllis Schluessell Oct 9 2020 12:00 AM

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Mr. Ed would have loved Russ. To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to never die.

Al & Gail Batt Oct 8 2020 12:00 AM

About 20 years ago at the Steele county fair we both were showing draft horses there. We had a team of Clydesdales and Russ had a team of Percherons. We have 2 kids Marc and Emma and they both wanted to drive in the Jr. class. Marc drove Russs team and Emma drive ours and Marc got st place. He was hooked and thought Percherons are the best. We now show our Percherons at 6-8 shows a summer and Marc is the driver. Russ will be missed in the horse world and by all of us. Roger and Erin Pittman

Erin Pittman Oct 7 2020 12:00 AM