Bob Thomsen

Bob Thomsen

Thursday, December 8th, 1932 - Tuesday, November 26th, 2019
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Victor Robert Thomsen of Lander, Wyoming passed away on November 26 at the age of 86, with family by his side. He was born in The Dalles, Oregon on December 8, 1932 to Victor and Daisy (Davidson) Thomsen. They moved to Hood River, Oregon. In 1923, his parents bought an orchard in Pine Grove.

He graduated from Hood River High School where he was on the football team. He was also a Boy Scout and climbed Mt Hood with his troop. After graduating, he attended Oregon State University where he met the love of his life, Bette Pinniger. They were married in 1952 and settled on his family’s orchard.

Bob joined the military in 1954 and was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. Bob and Bette would have their first child, Lynn, before being discharged from the military in 1956. During this time Bob did a lot of buying and selling of antique guns. Seeking out antiques was an activity Bob and Bette enjoyed throughout their lives together. This activity even led to an antique store in Mosier that they had for a number of years.

After moving back to Hood River, Bob and Bette had three more children, Chuck, Christy, and Lisa. During this time he purchased his own orchard and moved to his home on Old Dalles Dr. While farming, he also acquired quite a collection of antique cars, which led to him buying a car dealership in White Salmon, Washington.

Bob enjoyed spending time with his family riding horses and hunting. They made Sunday trips to his to mom’s family wheat ranch on Eight Mile in The Dalles, Oregon. Bob also took his family on yearly trips to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

While in Hood River Bob served on the School Board, and was one of the founders of the Pine Grove Fire Department Auction. He also did a lot of hunting with a group called “The Snake River Six.” Later this hunting group bought a cabin in Lander, Wyoming where they continued to hunt. While on these hunting trips, he fell in love with Wyoming. He decided to purchase a ranch in Lander and moved there in 1980. At one point his ranch was the fifth largest ranch in Wyoming.

While ranching in Wyoming he also pursued his love of hunting. He got the “Big Five” in Africa. Then continued hunting in New Zealand, Canada, and Alaska. Bette enjoyed these trips as well capturing the hunts with her camera.

In 1995 Bob and Bette received the Landowners of the Year Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to wildlife management. His property reflected a long-standing dedication to maintaining quality habitat for Wyoming Wildlife. He also served on the Enterprise Ditch Board and the Soil and Conservation District.
Bob was a loving family man dedicated to his wife and family. He always made sure his family was taken care of. He was a strong and determined man and accomplished many things in his lifetime.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Victor and Daisy Thomsen as well as his wife of 66 years, Bette. Surviving family members include; daughter, Lynn Moore (and husband, Bruce) of Hood River, Oregon; son, Senator Chuck Thomsen (and wife, Kristi) of Hood River, Oregon; daughter, Christy Ewald (and husband, Tom) of Hood River, Oregon; daughter, Lisa Elisea (and husband, Ramiro) of Lander, Wyoming; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

A service for Bob will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Valley Worship Center in Mt. Hood. Bob will be laid to rest at Pine Grove Cemetery with a reception to follow at Pine Grove Grange. Visitation will be Tuesday December 3, from 4-6 at Andersen’s Tribute Center. There will be a memorial service in Lander, Wyoming at a future date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031.

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  • Service

    Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 11:00am
    Valley Worship Center
    5780 OR-35
    Mt Hood , OR 97041
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  • Interment

    Pine Grove Butte Cemetery
    2687 Van Horn Drive
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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  • Reception

    Pine Grove Grange
    2835 Van Horn DR
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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John Strandberg

Posted at 11:01am
I just heard about Bob's passing. I read this obituary and it brought back many memories. I bought my first military antiques from Bob's store in Mosier in 1970 and had the pleasure of visiting with him at his home a couple of times in 1970-1972 and seeing his collection of cars and military antiques. After graduating HS in 1972 I moved away for college and never returned. It is great to read about what a wonderful life Bob had.

Ruby Utley

Posted at 02:29am
Sending our sympathy from all The Utley Family in this time of sorrow with the passing of Bob. Bob was special to all of us. Bob & Harold enjoyed their earthly lives as "brothers". Bob had a good life & well lived. Leaving many memories to cherish & bring comfort to everyone.
Ruby & The Utley Family

Sandy Bjerke Carter

Posted at 01:26pm
John and I are so sorry to hear of his passing. He and Bette were great neighbors for my Grandparents while living on the hill on the Old Dalles Road. He will be missed.

John and Sandy Carter

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Posted at 01:14pm
The Ewald and Thomson family, Our deepest sympathy and prayers for the loss of your father and grandfather. Love the Dave Ryan family
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kenneth parks

Posted at 09:13pm
Our family worked for Vic in 1959 , we returned to Pine Grove the following year and worked with Bob. Our family stayed and made the valley our home and all of us older boys and dad worked for Bob at different times. It saddens our hearts to see such a good man leave us but the memories of him remain alive in our heats and minds. To all of Bobs family " may Gods love lead you through this time of sadness................................Ken & Debbie Parks

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