Clyde L. Thommen
February 3, 1921 - May 2, 2014
Clyde L. Thommen died on May 2, 2014, of natural causes after a short illness. He was born in Monrovia, Iowa, the son of Issabelle Tracy Thommen and Pearl F. Thommen.
Clyde spent his youth in Iowa and Missouri. He grew up working on farms and piloting tug boats on the Mississippi River. At the onset of WWII, he enlisted in the Navy and saw action in six invasions in the South Pacific, distinguishing himself with several acts of heroism. While his ship was docked in Portland, Oregon, for repairs, he met his future wife, Edna Fredenhagen, at the local U.S.O. club. They married shortly after and shared 61 years together until her passing in 2006.
After the war, Clyde purchased a locksmith shop in Portland. In 1950 the family moved to Salem, Oregon and opened Clyde's Key Lock & Safe Service, which he owned for sixty years. His specialty was safe work and he was well known for his skills and honest reputation. Clyde was a hands-on type of person with many abilities. He was happiest when working in his shop, fixing old things or creating new ones. He enjoyed living on a farm near Aumsville, raising cattle and horses. When ready to give up the country life, he enjoyed developing, sub-dividing and selling his property.
Clyde was a founding member of the Pacific Locksmith Association and active in various civic groups. He served on the Aumsville School Board, Cascade Boosters Club, and was a 4-H leader. Most of all, he cared about his family, offering wisdom and sage advice to those he loved.
Clyde is survived by his brothers, Russell and Max; his sister Delores; daughter Barbara; son Mark; grandsons Adam and Nicholas; granddaughters Brandi and Valarie; and five great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Sweet Bye N Bye care facility and Serenity Hospice for the exceptional care he received during his last weeks and days. Donations in Clyde's memory may be made to the Willamette Valley Humane Society or the Union Gospel Mission. Services will be held at 1:30, Wednesday, May 7 at Virgil T. Golden.
Published in StatesmanJournal from May 6 to May 7, 2014