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September 26, 1927 – Friday, June 3, 2016

Service Information
St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Michael, MN
Thursday, June 9, 2016
11:00 AM

Visitation Information
The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
4 – 8 PM; prayer service 7 PM

Thomas Daniel Routhe was born in Redwood Falls, MN on September 26, 1927. He was the third child born to Walter and Ruth Routhe.

Thomas grew up, attended school and graduated from Redwood High School in 1945. He enlisted in the Navy in 1948, and was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1953. He attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a business degree.

Thomas met his wife, Josephine, in “the basement of ye-old Penney’s store” in January of 1949. They were married on May 25, 1957. They moved to Denver, CO and lived there until 1962 when they moved back to New Hope, MN. There, they raised their three children: Dan, Sue and Greg. They moved to St. Michael in June 2002, where he lived until his death.

In his spare time, Thomas loved to play cards, spend time with his family and friends, and he was an active member of the local area Senior Centers. His family was very important to Thomas, as was his faith.

Thomas passed away peacefully Friday, June 3, 2016 at the age of 88. Thomas is survived by his children, Dan Routhe, grandson Seth of Elk River; Sue Fonteyn (Larry), granddaughter Samantha, grandson Jordan of Maple Lake; Greg Routhe of Columbia Heights; sister-in-laws; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Josephine; sons, Timothy and John; daughter-in-law, Suzy; and 6 siblings.

Blessed be his life and memory.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 4 to 8 PM with prayer service 7 PM at The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home in St. Michael, MN. Mass of Christian Burial for Thomas Routhe will be held Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior at St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael, MN. Celebrant is Father Peter Richards. Private family interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Casket bearers will be Seth Routhe, Jordan Fonteyn, Dan Routhe, Greg Routhe, Darold Soupir, and Mike Routhe.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. 763-497-5362.

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Sondra J Dangler

    Your entire family are in my thoughts. I know how you feel losing your last parent. You now join the rest of us who are orphans. Your dad use to send me sweet corn in the mail when it came in up there. I really liked your parents. Whether here on earth or at places we can only think of they were, are and always will be part of the Big Valley Family. And when ever I get really good sweet corn I always think of your dad. Close your eyes, picture your Dad, take a deep breath and let it out and say Good-bye. Remember he will always be watching.

  2. Angie Wiedman

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Dan. We are so sorry for your loss and wishing you peace and comfort. May you forever hold onto the great, ever-lasting memories.
    Our Deepest Condolences,
    Mike, Angie, Rylan, Raegan & Kennedy Wiedman

  3. Sherlyn Anderson

    I am so sorry that I had not heard of Tom’s passing. Tom and my mom, Betty Carl, played many, many games of Kings-in-the-corner. They loved to spend time together and talk about the “good old days.” I so wish I would have had a chance to see all of Tom’s pictures from Denmark and hear his stories. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.


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