For those who served in the RVAH Community, their families, and friends!
Age 77, beloved grandpa, father and husband, and a 49-year resident of Ely passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, May 14, 2018, at Ely Bloomenson Hospital.
He was born on February 5, 1941, to Kenneth and Marian (Null) Thunhorst of Sioux City, Iowa. He grew up in St. Paul, MN, and studied Biology and played football at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, graduating in 1963. Fred met his wife, Dianne, at Gustavus and they were married in December 1963. That fall, he attended Officer Training School at the Naval Training Base in Pensacola, Florida, and subsequently attended Air Intelligence Training in Norfolk, Virginia. He was assigned to the Naval Air Station in Sanford, Florida. While serving in the RVAH 5 Photo Reconnaissance Squadron as an Air Intelligence Officer, he completed two tours in the Mediterranean on the aircraft carrier USS America. After his military service, Fred studied Fish and Wildlife Management at the University of Minnesota. Upon graduating, Fred accepted a position as Area Wildlife Manager, later becoming the Area Wildlife Supervisor. He was fortunate to enjoy a career he loved with a fantastic group of co-workers for 33 years, having amazing experiences and seeing beautiful sights.