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Published September 01, 2013, 12:00 AM

Leif Donald Thrane

Leif Donald Thrane passed away on Aug. 11, 2013, at his home in Harlingen, Texas. He was 88.

Leif was born May 10, 1925, on the original family homestead in Normanna Township near Kindred, N.D. He graduated from Kindred High School. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific Theater in 1945 and 1946. Following his military service, he attended the University of North Dakota before beginning his business career, which took him from North Dakota and Minnesota to California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. He was especially proud that his land development companies sold land at fair prices, which made recreational land and home ownership possible for hundreds of families in many parts of the country.

Leif Donald Thrane

Leif Donald Thrane passed away on Aug. 11, 2013, at his home in Harlingen, Texas. He was 88.

Leif was born May 10, 1925, on the original family homestead in Normanna Township near Kindred, N.D. He graduated from Kindred High School. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific Theater in 1945 and 1946. Following his military service, he attended the University of North Dakota before beginning his business career, which took him from North Dakota and Minnesota to California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. He was especially proud that his land development companies sold land at fair prices, which made recreational land and home ownership possible for hundreds of families in many parts of the country.

He leaves behind his daughters Linda (John) Thrane-Knudsen and Monica (Joe) Neubauer; five grandchildren – Andrew (Amy) and Kari Knudsen, Natalie Roeser (Josh) and Peter and Charlie Neubauer; and four great grandchildren – Broder and Kaitlyn Knudsen and Fiona and Nathan Roeser. He is also survived by three brothers: David, of Cleveland, Ohio; Ralph, of St. Paul, Minn.; and Clifford, of Fargo, N.D. He was preceded in death by his parents, Palmer and Gunda Thrane, and brothers Harold, Alfred and Gordon.

He will be interred on Oct. 18 in the Norman Lutheran Church cemetery in Kindred, N.D., near the farm where he was born and raised. Memorials may be sent to the Humane Society of America.

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