Robert Rossen Thomsen

Robert Rossen Thomsen

Male 1925 - 2019  (94 years)

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  • Name Robert Rossen Thomsen 
    Born 7 Jan 1925 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 May 2019 
    Person ID I230  Rossen Genealogy
    Last Modified 29 May 2019 

    Father Knud Christian Thomsen,   b. 11 May 1888, Handrup, Vestervig Sogn, Refs Herred, Thisted Amt, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1967  (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Serena Rossen,   b. 21 Jun 1899, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1980, Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 18 Mar 1924  Ebenezer Church, Curtis, Frontier County, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F68  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Veda J Amstuz,   b. 12 Jun 1926 
    Married 30 Nov 1943 
    Children 
     1. Oscar Knud Thomsen  [Birth]
     2. Decca Thomsen  [Birth]
     3. Jean Thomsen  [Birth]
     4. Davine Thomsen  [Birth]
    Last Modified 29 May 2019 
    Family ID F898  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Robert Rossen Thomsen - WWII, 18 years old
    Robert Rossen Thomsen - WWII, 18 years old
    Robert Rossen Thomsen - Veteran
    Robert Rossen Thomsen - Veteran
    Robert Rossen Thomsen - High School Picture
    Robert Rossen Thomsen - High School Picture
    Robert Rossen Thomsen with his sisters Clara Eloise, Luella, Hilda and Delila
    Robert Rossen Thomsen with his sisters Clara Eloise, Luella, Hilda and Delila
    Robert Rossen Thomsen and his sister Clara Eloise Snyder (nee Thomsen) at the Rossen Cousin Reunion on 22 Jun 2016 in Curtis, Nebraska
    Robert Rossen Thomsen and his sister Clara Eloise Snyder (nee Thomsen) at the Rossen Cousin Reunion on 22 Jun 2016 in Curtis, Nebraska
    James 'Jim' Peter Nelsen showing Robert Rossen Thomsen and wife Veda (nee Amstuz) family related things at the Rossen Reunion in Curtis, Nebraska on 22 Jun 2016
    James "Jim" Peter Nelsen showing Robert Rossen Thomsen and wife Veda (nee Amstuz) family related things at the Rossen Reunion in Curtis, Nebraska on 22 Jun 2016

    Documents
    Rossen Cousin Reunion on 22 Jun 2016 in Curtis, Nebraska
    Rossen Cousin Reunion on 22 Jun 2016 in Curtis, Nebraska
    Article in "The Frontier Enterprise" on 28 Jul 2016
    Robert Rossen Thomsen
    Robert Rossen Thomsen
    WWII Draft Registration Card, page 1
    Robert Rossen Thomsen
    Robert Rossen Thomsen
    WWII Draft Registration Card, page 2

  • Notes 
    • Obituary for Robert R. Thomsen
      Robert R. Thomsen, 94
      Kearney resident, formerly of Gibbon

      Robert Thomsen, 94, of Kearney, formerly of Gibbon died Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Mitchell County Hospital in Beloit, KS. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

      Memorials are suggested to the Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial and Gibbon Public Schools. Condolences may be shared online at www.osrfh.com. Services are entrusted to O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral and Cremation Services.

      Robert was born January 7, 1925 in Curtis, NE to Knud and Rena (Rossen) Thomsen. He grew up on a farm near Curtis and received his education from the Nebraska School of Agriculture. Immediately following his graduation, Robert was drafted into the U.S. Army. He went to basic training in Texas and was sent to Camp Crowder in Missouri before his deployment to the European Theater. Robert was in Marseille, France waiting to deploy to the South Pacific when the Japanese surrendered. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in December of 1945.

      On November of 1943, Robert was united in marriage to Veda Amstuz in Oberlin, KS. The couple moved to Curtis, NE where he owned and operated the Palace Café. They moved to Gibbon where Robert worked for Consumers Public Power and later owned and operated Thomsen Fuels in Gibbon.

      Robert enjoyed piloting small airplanes as a young man with his brothers-in-law. He loved thoroughbred horseracing and owned several that competed at numerous racetracks. He enjoyed many camping trips with his family across the United States. After his retirement, he traveled with his wife, Veda to Denmark where he met his father’s family and visited family homesteads. His father emigrated from Denmark and since both parents spoke only Danish in the home, Robert’s first language was Danish, learning English when he went to school. He was very proud of his heritage and loved telling Danish names of his favorite foods.

      He and his wife, Veda also traveled to Norway, Hawaii, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Cape Horn, and the Falkland Islands. However, his favorite adventure was an extensive camping trip to Alaska. Robert was a longtime member of the Gibbon American Legion, Masonic Lodge and the Gibbon Baptist Church. He also served for several years on the Gibbon City Council.

      He loved being with his family and telling many good and funny stories to friends and family. He and Veda celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in November of 2018. He was honored to have the opportunity to travel with the Buffalo County Hero Flight to Washington, D.C.

      Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Veda; sons, Robert Kevin Thomsen of Albuquerque, NM, Einer Thomsen and wife, Susan of Omaha, Bernard Thomsen and wife, Nancy of Shawnee, KS; daughters, Sandra Parker and husband, Steve of Las Vegas, NV, Linda Beery of Wichita, KS, Jean Sidwell and husband, Scott of Kearney, Christine Krakel and husband, John of Red Feather Lake, CO, Davine Meza and husband, Ygnacio of Elkhorn, NE and Decca Gard and husband, Rusty of Fort Worth, TX; 20 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; sisters, Hilda Leachman, Luella Glaze, Delila Cooper and Eloise Snyder; as well as, several nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

      Robert was preceded in death by his parents; son, Oscar Knud Thomsen; grandson, Christian Thomsen; granddaughter, Brianne Meza and a brother, Harold Thomsen.