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James Thomas Thill

December 31, 1953 March 8, 2018
James Thomas Thill
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Obituary for James Thomas Thill

James (Jim) Thomas Thill went to our Father after experiencing heart failure on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the age 64 years. He passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends at Fairview Hospital at the University of Minnesota.
Jim was born on December 31, 1953 in Worthington, MN to Tom and Betty (Thurston) Thill and lived there most of his life with the exception of two years spent attending Mankato Vo-Tech for heating and cooling and a short time in Iowa.
He worked in heating and cooling since 1976, starting BTU Heating & Cooling with sister Diane and brother-in-law Hardy Boots in 1985.
He married Tami (Malmgren) Thill in May 1976 with whom they had two sons, Thomas James (T.J.) and Nathon Donald (Nate). In August 2016, Jim was joined in marriage to Gladys Berkness Thill further extending his family.
Jim was an avid outdoorsman loving to hunt, fish and camp. He was never short of a cooler or sleeping bag! He was described as a hard worker and tough guy, especially after surviving throat cancer in 2011. As a stranger to none and a dad to many, Jim had a big heart and always gave back to his community. He served as a Boy Scout leader; was a member of the Optimist Club and Elks Lodge; and was a volunteer firefighter with the Worthington Fire Department for 20 years.
Jim will be lovingly remembered by his wife Gladys Berkness Thill; his children T.J. (Anna), Nate (Sarah); step children Jennifer (Duane) DePauw and Tom (Jana) Anderson; four grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; siblings Diane (Hardy) Boots, Sheryl Meyeraan, Steve (Theresa) Thill, Jeanne Duran, David (Deb) Thill; and mother-in-law Delores Berkness. Jim will also be remembered fondly by seven surrogate grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Jim was preceded in death by his parents Tom and Betty Thill.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Worthington, MN, with Father Jim Callahan officiating.
Visitation will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington and also one hour prior to the service.

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Visitation

Monday

12

Mar

5:00 PM 3/12/2018 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 3/12/2018 8:00:00 PM
Benson Funeral Home

1225 Ryans Road
Worthington, MN 56187

Benson Funeral Home
1225 Ryans Road Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Visitation

Tuesday

13

Mar

9:30 AM 3/13/2018 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 3/13/2018 10:30:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

1215 7th Ave
Worthington, MN 56187

St. Mary's Catholic Church
1215 7th Ave Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Service

Tuesday

13

Mar

10:30 AM 3/13/2018 10:30:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

1215 7th Ave
Worthington, MN 56187

St. Mary's Catholic Church
1215 7th Ave Worthington 56187 MN
United States
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