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Harry Martin Thoms

October 24, 2014
Reinbeck Courier

Harry Martin Thoms was born on July 22, 1925, in Grundy County, Iowa, the son of William and Clara (Ramundt) Thoms. He attended school in Reinbeck and Dinsdale. Harry served his country in the United States Army in Alaska during the Korean Conflict. On June 4, 1954, Harry was united in marriage to Marilyn Claussen at Amity Presbyterian Church in rural Reinbeck. The couple lived in La Porte City for two years before moving to Marilyn's family farm near Gladbrook. Harry was a farmer and worked with Clydesdale Draft horses. In 1967 and 1968, Harry and Ed Claussen took a 6-horse hitch of Clydesdales and pulled the Sparks Wagon in the Great Circus Parade in Milwaukee. Harry was a volunteer at the Iowa Veteran's Home, was inducted to the Iowa Draft Horse Hall of Fame, and won the Friend of Tama County Fair Award in 1997. He was a member of the American Legion, Amvets, Eagles, Farm Bureau, a lifetime member of the Clydesdale Breeders of the USA and the Iowa Draft Horse Association. Harry always enjoyed hearing about the horse shows that his children were involved in and frequently asked what the grandkids are doing. He loved seeing his great granddaughter, Colbie, who always knew where the candy was. Harry died at the age of 89 on Monday, October 13, 2014, at Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and two brothers, Harold and Raymond. Harry is survived by two daughters, Becky (Steven) Fevold of Gladbrook and Dianne (Eric) Brown of Zearing; a son, Roger (Linda) Thoms of Aaronsburg, Pa.; a brother, Charles (Joan) Thoms of Waterloo; a sister, Dorothy Williems of Tripoli; a sister in law, Nelly Thoms of Reinbeck; seven grandchildren; and a great granddaughter.

Visitation was held at Overton Funeral Home on Thursday, October 16, 2014, from 4 to 7 PM.

Service was held at Amity Presbyterian Church in rural Reinbeck on Friday, October 17, 2014, at 10:00 AM.

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Special services: Military rites conducted by the Gladbrook American Legion and the Lincoln Amvets.

Burial at Crystal Cemetery, rural Gladbrook.

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