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Paul Alfred "Bud" Tholl

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Paul Alfred (Bud) Tholl

June 26, 1922

December 2, 2013

Paul Alfred (Bud) Tholl passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 2, 2013 at the age of 91. Bud was born in the family's Sparks home on June 26, 1922, to Paul Nicholas Alfred Tholl and Callie Mae Austin Tholl, who founded Tholl Fence Inc. in 1912 in Sparks, Nevada.

Bud grew up in Sparks, attending Robert Mitchell Elementary School and Sparks High School. He was student body president his senior year, and graduated in 1940. Bud studied engineering at UNR, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Gamma Eta Kappa, and Coffin & Keys. World War II interrupted his education, as he joined the Army Corp of Engineers, and did a tour of Europe from 1943 to 1946.

Bud returned to Northern Nevada in 1946 and married his wife of 51 years, June. She died in 1998. Bud and June had four children: Iris, Matthew, Mark and Pat, the latter two preceding him in death, as well as his sisters, Emily and Mary, and brothers, Wallace and Maximillian. In 2000, Bud met Mimi at Rotary Club of Sparks, and they were married in 2005. Mimi was always at her husband's side.

In 1950 Bud took over the family business, Tholl Fence. He was so very proud of Tholl Fence Company's distinguished 101 year history. The company's roots, like so many business enterprises of the early 1900's, began in the hands of a recent immigrant to this country. Bud's father, with little more than ambition, a team of horses, and talent, began Tholl Fence by supplying local ranchers and farmers with fencing and other mercantile products. The quality of installation, materials and professionalism so widely associated with Tholl Fence are not recent developments. They have their roots well established in time, when the quality of a product was not a convenience, but a necessity, and often times contracts were cemented by a handshake and a man's word. From monasteries to brothels, from day care centers to prisons, from ballparks to missile sites, Bud oversaw much of what is talked about, and some of what isn't.

Bud was a world traveler and loved his adventures in Asia and Hawaii so much. He made life-long friendships on these trips overseas, and to this day still touches those individuals he so profoundly befriended.

Bud was very active in the community. He was a member of the Reno Elks for 52 years, a charter member of the Sparks Rotary Club since 1948, and was a Paul Harris Society Major Donor (2) recipient. He was the longest tenured board member of the Nevada Humane Society, joining the Board in 1963, and serving until his death. He was recently honored by the Nevada Humane Society as the first recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. Bud was also a proud member of The Prospectors' Club, as well as the Hidden Valley Country Club.

In 2006, Bud was honored with the prestigious SIR Award (Skill, Integrity and Responsibility) from the Associated General Contractors, of which he was very proud. He was also recognized with his induction into the Sparks High School Hall of Fame, the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Award, and the Western Industrial Nevada Winner's Award. Proudly, Bud was a participant in this year's Nevada Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Bud is survived by his wife, Mimi, daughter Iris Campbell (Jay), son Matt Tholl (Dona), eight grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and his shower-buddy "Damn Cat". Over his lifetime, Bud has been described by so many as a gentleman, as a person of integrity and a man of his word, and also as sweet, kind, smart, knowledgeable, sincere, witty, interesting, interested, compassionate, loving, generous, friendly, humble, classy, fun, honorable and warm.

A private interment will be held, and a celebration of Bud's life will be announced at a later date. In remembrance of Bud, please consider a donation to either C*A*R*E* Chest of Sierra Nevada, 7910 N. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89506, or the Nevada Humane Society, 2825 Longley Lane, Suite B, Reno, NV 89502.

Please visit to leave a message for Bud's family in his Book of Memories.


Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Dec. 8, 2013
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