Service for Harry ‘Landy’ Thomson Dec. 4 |

Service for Harry ‘Landy’ Thomson Dec. 4

A memorial reception for Harry “Landy” Thomson Jr. will be held at the Summit County Elks Lodge BPOE #2561 (1321 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne) on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m.Thomson died on Nov. 13 after a very brief and painless battle with cancer in the company of his four children: Scott, Dan, Jody and Mark. Thomson was born in Minneapolis on Dec. 12, 1928. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota with a Civil Engineering degree, after which he met his beloved wife Verna “Gussie” Gustafson.Private First Class in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, Landy was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Upon his return, he married Gussie and they had four children in five years. They resided in Brooklyn Center, Minn., until Gussie’s early death in 1972. Thomson then managed, very successfully, to play both parental roles while he also taught his kids to ski, camp, play numerous sports which he coached and attended, and to enjoy life to the fullest. In 1986, after his retirement from Honeywell, Thomson moved to Wildernest and then to Copper Mountain Resort where he maintained various positions from Concierge, to Ski School Package Sales, Resort Activities and was the “Paddleboat Loader Extraordinaire.” Thomson made many lifetime friendships during his years at Copper Mountain Resort while enjoying skiing many runs up until the end of his life. Thomson became an active member of the Summit County Elks Lodge in July 1986 where he was an officer, Exalted Ruler (1995-1996), and Elk of the Year in 2000. He was most recently and affectionately referred to as the “pickle dude” (from Bingo) and was part founder of the “coffee club” where he formed many cherished friendships with his fellow Elks. One of Thomson’s favorite gathering places besides skiing Copper and the Elks was to hike and have lunch with the Summit County Seniors. Since his move back to Minnesota to visit other family and friends, Thomson has returned to visit his Summit County friends several times a year and always looked forward to returning. As one of his nephews writes, “I will always remember Landy as the young, athletic uncle who was always so much fun to be around and lived life to the fullest.”Harry A. (Landy) Thomson Jr. was preceded in death by his wife, Verna; brother Terry (Jean) Thomson; Sister Anne (Sheldon) Boehm. Thomson is survived by daughter Jody (David) Russell; sons Scott; Dan (Sue), Mark (Kathi) Thomson: grandsons Dillon, Wes, Ben, Ryan; many, many nephews, nieces, family and friends. A veterans memorial service was held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in St. Paul, Minn., where he was joined with his beloved wife Gussie. Memorial services in Champlin, Minn. are to be held on Jan. 8, 2005.The family requests that contributions be made to the Landy Thomson Fire Education Scholarship fund (Copper Mountain Volunteer Fund, P.O. Box 3002, Copper Mountain, CO 80443) or the Summit County Elks Lodge BPOE #2561 (P.O. Box 515 Silverthorne, CO 80498). A dish to share at the Elks Lodge Memorial Reception would also be welcomed. – Daily News staff report

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