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Thomas McDougall

Sunday, August 12, 2012
2:00 PM until 4:00 PM
Sanborn Funeral Home Chapel
401 Main St.
Sanborn, IA 51248

Monday, August 13, 2012
10:00 AM
American Lutheran Church
352 Center St.
Melvin, IA 51350

Special Services:
Family will be present from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sunday afternoon for family visitation hours.

Thomas Charles McDougall, the son of Stanley and Beulah (Graves) McDougall was born on April 4, 1946 in Sibley, IA. He was baptized, confirmed and a lifetime member of the American Lutheran Church of Melvin. He attended Melvin Public School and graduated from the Melvin High School in 1964. On March 11, 1966 he enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Germany, he was honorably discharged on November 11, 1969.

Tom was united in marriage to Pauline Wilson on August 25, 1973 at the Little Sioux Lutheran Church of rural Milford. To this union one son was born, John. Following their marriage Tom started farming for K.W. Graves and quit farming after the fall harvest of 1997. He and his brother Kenny helped each other with the planting and harvesting of crops each year. Tom received his Real Estate License in 2001 and worked for Vander Werff and Associates in Sanborn until 2004.

He served as a member of the Melvin Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years and was one of the first EMT’S when Melvin got their own ambulance and served for 10 years. Tom served as a city council member for eight years and then served as Mayor for eight years. While serving as mayor he helped bring rural water to the city of Melvin. He served on the Melvin Low Income Housing Board from 1979 – 1985 and again from 1994 – 2001, he served as president in 1998. In 1970 he joined the Melvin American Legion Guthrie Post #470 and served as the Commander of the Post from 1983 to 2011. He served on the Osceola County Veterans Memorial Committee and was instrumental in getting the memorial that sits on the Court House grounds.

Tom enjoyed his family and especially his grandkids. He put his heart and soul into everything he did and was a gentlemen to everyone he knew. Following a courageous battle with cancer Tom passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at the Veterans Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 66.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Pauline of 38 years; his son and daughter-in-law: John and Kimberly McDougall; granddaughter Alex: and grandson: Matthew all of Melvin, IA; sisters: Sharon Johnson of Howard Lake, MN, and Mary Sue (Harry) Schmidt of Minden, NE; brother-in-law: Paul (Caroyle) Wilson of Windom, MN; three Aunts: Ida Bracker of Melvin, IA, Louise Uden of Lucerne Valley, CA, and Mryle Graves of Ankeny, IA; six nieces and their families; two nephews and their families; many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Kenneth McDougall in 1999.

Celebrating the life of
Thomas C. McDougall
Born ~ April 4, 1946
Died ~ August 8, 2012
Age ~ 66 years 4 months 4 days

Funeral Service
10:00 a.m. Monday, August 13, 2012
American Lutheran Church
Melvin, Iowa

Clergy ~ Rev. Judith Johnson
Organist ~ Fay Schall
Soloist ~ Galen Rozeboom
Special Music
“After” “I’m In The Lords Army”
Congregational Singing
Processional ~ “Faith of Our Fathers” #500
Recessional ~ “Lead On, O King Eternal” #495

Paul Heitritter Jim Schaa Bill Hoffman
Warren Anderson Gilbert Greenfield Terry De Graaf

Honorary Pallbearers
Robert Hartung Cary Hartfield Patrick Lynch
Joel Melcher Allen Brandmeyer Mike Kleve
Richard Engler Arnold Dwire

Military Graveside Rites Conducted by
Guthrie Post #470 ~ Melvin, Iowa

Baker Township Cemetery ~ Melvin, Iowa

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