Arnold Oscar “Bud” Thoen was born on May 19, 1927 to Oscar and Annie (Anderson) Thoen on a farm near Farwell, Minnesota.
In 1955 he married Pat Brown in Minneapolis and they moved to Kalispell, Montana. Their daughter, Candy, was the first baby born there in 1956. The new family of three moved back to Minnesota in April of that year, eventually settling in Minneapolis, where their son, Randy, was born in 1958. In 1964 they moved to Alexandria, Minnesota, where Bud started Douglas Machine Corporation. God abundantly blessed Bud in his business efforts, but Bud’s real passion was for Missions and the role it played in the local church.
Bud and Pat built a house in Florida in 1995 and were seasonal residents of Venice where Bud also served as Missions Director at New Life Church. Bud suffered a stroke in 2010, after which he moved to Florida as a permanent resident. He has suffered from dementia since that time until his homegoing on July 6, 2014 at Englewood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Englewood, Florida.
Bud is survived by his wife, Pat, of Englewood, FL; two children: Candy (Paul) Kush of Englewood, FL and Randy (Melody) Thoen of Alexandria, MN, ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, sister Marian (Oscar) Engstrom, brother Johnny (Juanita) Thoen, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be held at New Life Church, 5800 Tamiami Trail South in Venice, Florida, on July 11,2014 at 12:00 Noon with reviewal at 11:00 AM. Burial is in Gulf Pines Memorial Park in Englewood, Florida. Arrangements are with Englewood Community Funeral Home, Inc.