Richard T. Thordarson


Richard T. Thordarson, 88 of Austin, Texas, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. 

The following is a biography Mr. Thordarson wrote for his high school reunion. 

“I was born on New Year’s Eve, 1925, in the greatest little town in the West, Miles City, Montana, where my “Home on the Range” was on The Island at 1104 Truscott Street. Schools attended were Garfield, Washington and Custer County High. I don’t know how but we survived the Depression years, cold winters, and life without television. I spent several years as a newsboy selling the Miles City Daily Star, including an “Extra” edition proclaiming our entry into World War II on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941. Following high school graduation in 1943, I joined the Navy and went to officer training schools at Doane College, Crete, Nebraska, and The University of Texas at Austin, where I graduated in 1946. After the war, I moved to Houston and joined the Accounting Department of Texaco, Inc. where I worked for 36 years. I met my wife, Vernell, at The University of Texas and we were married in 1949. We have three daughters and six grandchildren. Upon my retirement from Texaco in 1982, Vernell and I moved back to Austin.”

In addition to his family, Mr. Thordarson’s other accomplishments include; rising to the rank of Commander in the Navy, membership in the Valley of Houston Masonic Lodge and the Scottish Rite, and being an avid Texas Longhorn.

Mr. and Mrs. Thordarson enjoyed 62 years of marriage together. Mrs. Thordarson preceded him in death in May of 2011, and the family rejoices as they are now reunited.

The staff and owners of Grace and Pax House in Dripping Springs, Texas, provided love and care and allowed Mr. Thordarson to live out his final days with dignity.

Mr. Thordarson’s survivors include three daughters, Lynn Schwab and husband Herb of Sugar Land, Texas, Leslie McCullough and husband Joe of Austin, and Lee Glover and husband Rob of Galveston, Texas; one sister, Hazel Lang of Walnut Creek, Calif.; and six grandchildren, Cory Schwab, Jennifer Lawson and husband Stanton, Ally Silverberg and husband Blair, Bailey Glover, Ty McCullough and Emery Glover.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in the Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home Chapel, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78705, (512) 452-8811, with Interment to follow at Oakwood Cemetery Annex.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3420 Executive Center Dr., Suite 301, Austin, Texas 78731.

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