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Robert Thran

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Robert Richard Thran, age 94 of Nashua, IA, died Thursday, February 15, 2024, at Waverly Health Center in Waverly. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2024 at St. John Lutheran Church, Nashua with Rev. Todd Burrichter presiding. Military honors will take place outside the church following the service. Private family interment will take place at a later date. Friends may greet the family 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the church on Friday. A memorial marker will be placed in St. Paul's Cemetery at Readlyn with scattering of cremated remains among Bob's favorite places commemorating life in Readlyn and Bremer County. Memorials may be directed to St John Lutheran Church, Nashua, and The Readlyn Historical Society. Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory - Olson Chapel in Nashua have been entrusted with arrangements. Bob was born in Readlyn, Iowa, September 20, 1929, the son of Oscar and Loueen Diekmann Thran. He attended St. Paul's Lutheran Parochial School and graduated from Readlyn High School in 1947. He attended Iowa State Teachers College 1947–1948, and The University Of Iowa 1948–1951. Bob was drafted into the United States Army September 10, 1951, and served with the Forty-Fifth Infantry Division in Korea during the Korean War. He was discharged in May of 1953. Bob married Gerda Franken of Allison on May 23,1954. They were divorced in 1986 but remained friends. He worked for Philip Morris, Lutheran Mutual, and Rath Packing Company. Bob attended Wartburg College 1958–1959, graduating in May 1959 with a degree in Education. He taught German and later became Guidance Counselor at Williamsburg High School. He was Personnel Director at Amana Refrigeration 1965–69 and earned a master's degree in psychology from the University of Montana 1971. Bob returned to counseling at Valley of Elgin and Tri-County of Thornburg, serving as Guidance Counselor at Nashua High School from 1973 and retiring in 1991. Bob delivered Winnebago Motorhomes throughout North America from 1995–2016. In later years, Bob wrote about the history of Readlyn for The Readlyn Chronicle. Bob enjoyed traveling to Germany to visit friends and relatives, and speaking to German students in English classes about life in America. Also, visiting in German with older Germans, especially those who survived World War II. Bob was an enthusiastic researcher of the history of Readlyn and was sometimes referred to as ‘The Readlyn Historian.’ As a University of Iowa alumnus, Bob was a dedicated Iowa Hawkeye fan for over 80 years, having seen Nile Kinnick play in 1938 when he was nine years old. Robert Thran is survived by a son, Eric, of Des Moines, a son, Tony, of Nashua, one granddaughter, Jessica Pfitzer, Marquette, Michigan, two great grandchildren, Julia and Josiah, three nephews, Mark, David, Mike & Jennifer Tomson, Fairfield, California. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Richard, a sister, Carol, and a nephew, Jon Tomson. A life well-lived… ~ A job well-done…

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  1. We are thinking of Tony and Eric. Bob was the light of our neighborhood. All the kids LOVED seeing him walk around the loop. He was such a pleasant soul and will be truly missed in Schluter Addition. 💔

  2. So sorry to hear this. Bob was so wonderful to visit with, always enjoyed his memories of growing up in Readlyn.

  3. got to know bob in the last few years and was so amazed at his knowledge and interest in local history writing about 4 corners and relatives that lived in his glory days will for sure mis his articles

  4. I am so sorry to hear about Roberts passing. We were friends on Facebook. We talked about our service time. We never got to the point if we were related but it is hard not to be connected when you have the same name. My thoughts and prayers for his family. It was my pleasure knowing you. Robert Thran

  5. To Bob’s Family –
    Bob and my father Mack McCracken served in Korea together. Daddy never ever talked about that time but Bob reconnected Daddy and some of the others who served together and that comrade brought Daddy great joy. I recall that they met up in St. Louis at one point. I believe Bob may have driven one of the motor homes to NC. After Daddy died or when he was ill, I had a chance to talk with your father. He was such a kind, caring soul. I am thankful to him for remaining a true and loyal friend to Daddy. It is hard when you age to do that but he seemed to make it a priority. I hope your fond memories will give you peace. Susan McCracken

  6. Bob and I were good friends while in basic infantry training in 1951-52 at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii and later discovered that we both lived in a city named Nashua. Bob saw us here on a motorhome delivery. My sincerest sympathy to the Thran family. Dick Zoerb, Nashua, NH. RIP, Bob.

  7. Mr. Thran was the school guidance counselor when I was Nashua (class of 1975). I remember him as being very considerate of the students he helped guide, I was one of them. He helped me decide what school to go to and what course I should take. This lead to a 40 year career at John Deere Waterloo.
    Thank you Mr. Thran.

  8. Hello, I’m almost 37 years old from Germany and a friend of Bob. I am shocked when I found out about his death. I never knew about his middle name. Although he asked me the name of my second little one two years ago but nothing mentioned that he also had the same name. I’m so sad I couldn’t honor him. My little one’s name is Richarda. Isn’t that great and coincidental? Thank you Bob for your friendship, even if the almost 60 age difference wouldn’t have bothered us. I loved him like grandpa and I am deaf myself. Communication still works well. I wish to honor him even if he is no longer there. I also hope that he once talked about me. Otherwise, my deepest condolences to his relatives.

    With best wishes from Anja Steinbock from Germany

  9. Bob was my guidance counselor in high school in the mid-70’s and later my neighbor for 40 years. He was much like a beloved uncle, always interested in my family, my work and the challenges of the day, whatever that might have been. He was a talented historian and writer and I often told him he should have been writing his memory pieces a long time ago. He was a well-read, well-rounded kind and thoughtful man. He is missed, but his legacy lives on.


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