Interment will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, at North Lawn Memorial Park in Spencer, following lunch at the church.
Howard passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Howard's name.
Howard Newman Thomsen, the son of Chris and Margaret Newman Thomsen, was born Sept. 6, 1921 on a farm south of Royal. His childhood years were spent near Rossie, where he received his education, graduating from Rossie High School at the age of 16. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal. After attending one year at Drake College on a basketball scholarship, he returned home to farm with his father.
Howard married Marjorie Joyce Adams on Oct. 8, 1946 in Ottawa, Kansas. After their marriage, they moved to Hampton, where they operated a dry cleaning business for two years. They moved to the Greenville, area and in 1965, moved to the family farm near Rossie, where they farmed for many years. Marjorie passed away on July 1, 1988. He played high school baseball for Rossie and semi-pro baseball into his 40's. He officiated basketball games for 25 years and also scouted and coached for many years.
Howard married Joyce (Berberich) Galm on Aug. 3, 1996 in Royal. Following their marriage, they lived on a farm north of Royal. He was currently a member of St. Louis Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marjorie; a stepson, Terry Galm; and a brother, Elmer Thomsen and wife, Hazel.
Howard is survived by his wife, Joyce of Royal; three daughters: Deborah Thomsen of Colorado Springs, Colo., Kristi (Sue) Noethe and husband, Butch of Spirit Lake, and Tracy Feuerbach and husband, Scott of Monument, Colo.; six grandchildren; his stepchildren: Steve and Pam Galm of Spencer, Janet Galm and Jim Ransom of Royal, Lynnette and Jeff Cronk of Royal, David and Molly Galm of Spencer, Lori and Dennis Loneman of Mt. Carmel, Lana and Todd Vetter of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Jeff Galm and Wendy Royce of Arlington, Minn.
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.