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Thomas Sansburn

Aug. 14, 1937-Nov. 10, 2009

Thomas A. Sansburn, 72, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at Innovis Health in Fargo.

Tom was born the son of Albert and Grace (Evans) Sansburn on August 14, 1937 in Frazee. Tom was united in marriage to Shirley M. Abfalter on July 20, 1955 in Mandan, N.D.

Tom and Shirley spent many years in Oregon, but eventually returned to the Detroit Lakes area to retire. Tom's love of family eventually found all of his children relocating to the Detroit Lakes area. Tom loved the outdoors...hunting and fishing, always put a smile on his face. He also enjoyed puttering around the house, always having a project to work on.

Tom is survived by his wife, Shirley Sansburn of Detroit Lakes; four children, Margo (Rodney) Woodcock of Detroit Lakes, Bruce (Shelia) Sansburn of Detroit Lakes, Peggi (Jim) Momb of Rochert and Josh (Tabatha) Sansburn of Lake Park; seven grandchildren, Naomi (Brian) Lindsey, Nick Sansburn, Steven Momb, Tim McFadzen, Travis McFadzen, Danni Hanson and Shaunita (Scott) Shave; two great granddaughters, Mykala Lindsey and Jasmine Shave; one brother, John (Violet) Sansburn of Grand Rapids, Minn.; one sister, Martha (Fritz) Rux of Blue River, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Tom in death were his parents; infant daughter, Tamara Jean; three brothers, Samuel, Andrew and Guy; and two sisters, Eunice Hamline and Shirley McFarland.

A memorial service is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, with visitation one hour prior to services.

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