Claude Thomas Jr., 88, of Crookston, MN, passed away Monday, December 19, 2022, in the Altru
Hospital, Grand Forks, ND, with family at his side.
Claude was born at Cass Lake, MN on October 11, 1934, the son of Claude and Ella (Carpenter)
Thomas Sr. He was educated in Cass Lake schools and at the age of 17 moved to Minneapolis to find
work. There he met Juanita Mae Tibbetts and the two were united in marriage at Mason City, IA on
December 28, 1953. They made their home in Minneapolis where they raised their children: Roxanne,
Tonette, Jeffrey, Pamela, and Troy. For over 30 years Claude was employed by the Thermo-King
Company in their import-export department until his retirement. Claude and Juanita then moved to
Crookston in 2004. Sadly, Juanita passed away on April 18, 2005.
Claude enjoyed deer hunting, fishing with the grandkids, spending time at the lake, going on family
picnics, and playing guitar with his brothers. While living in Minneapolis he was a longtime member of
the VFW, where he and Juanita were frequent guests.
Claude is survived by his 3 living children: Roxanne Goulet of Crookston, MN, Pamela (Bill) Schmidt of
Grand Forks, ND, and Troy (Myia) Thomas of Bothell, WA; 9 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren;
brother, Gary Cote of Minneapolis; sister, Ruth of Minneapolis; sister-in-law, Delphine Thomas of
Prior Lake, MN; and many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
In addition to Juanita, his beloved wife of 51 years, Claude was preceded in death by his daughter,
Tonette; son, Jeff; sons-in-law, Andy Goulet and Audrey Goulet; grandsons, Darby and Poncho; great-
grandson, Jesse; parents, Claude Sr. and Ella; and 2 brothers and a sister-in-law, Calvin Thomas and
Russell (Sharon) Thomas. Blessed be the memory of Claude Thomas Jr.
A private time of remembrance for Claude will be held in his honor by his family. The Stenshoel-Houske
Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.