|Birth: ||Mar. 12, 1917|
|Death: ||Mar. 11, 2004|
Thomas D. Kidman, 86, Pipestone, died Thursday, March 11, 2004 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Pipestone of pneumonia.
Funeral services were Tuesday, March 16 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Pipestone with Rev. David Wold and Rev. Jon Skaar officiating.
Honorary pallbearers were Fred and Velma Tutt, Carroll and Florence Tutt, John and Stella Tutt, Dale and Norma Iverson, Clarence and Gladys Feste, Wayne and Verna Wee, Marilyn Erickson.
Pallbearers were Steve Stratton, Robbie Kidman, Dan Stratton, Wade Kidman, Michael Will, Chris Kidman and Jeff Kidman.
Interment was in Ellsborough Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Balaton.
Thomas Daniel Stratton was born March 12, 1917 to Ernest and Annie (Brewster) Harmon. He was the youngest of six children and orphaned at the age of one. Later in his adult life, he was reunited with four of his five siblings. Early in his childhood, he was adopted by Thomas and Lottie Kidman and raised on a farm near White, S.D. Mary Ellen (Smith) Willmott was raised by the Kidmans and became Tom's sister. After completing country school, Tom worked on the family farm. In 1935, he moved to Ocheyedan, Iowa where he worked on a farm. During his visits back to White, he met his future wife, Edna Larson and was united in marriage on May 30, 1939.
They began their married life in Ocheyedan and then moved to Ellsborough Township in Murray County where, after working on a number of farms, they purchased their own farm. They lived there until 1978 when Tom retired and moved to the Larson homestead and later to Balaton. After retiring, Tom and Edna spent 16 winters in McAllen, Texas. In 1996, they moved into the Hill Street Retirement Communities of Marshall. In 1998, they moved into Ridgeview Estates in Pipestone. In January 2004, Tom and Edna became residents of Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Pipestone.
He was a member of Ellsborough Lutheran Church in rural Balaton where he was involved throughout the years in various positions on the church board. He was also a member of the Farmers Union.
He is survived by Edna, his wife, of 64 years; three children, Janice (Duane) Stratton, Pipestone; JoAnn Will, Minnetonka and Richard (Becky) Kidman, Balaton; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son T. David Kidman; two brothers, Robert and Joseph Harmon; and four sisters, Margaret Marston, Luella Hauge, Mary Brewster and Mary Ellen Willmott.
(Hartquist Funeral Chapel)
Ellsborough Lutheran Church
Created by: Paul Everett
Record added: Feb 26, 2010
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