The Free Press, Mankato, MN

March 25, 2013

Daniel A. "Buck" Thomes




  Daniel A. "Buck" Thomes, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at the Sibley Medical Center in Arlington.  Memorial Mass will be held 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Arlington.  Fr. Keith Salisbury will officiate.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Mary's Church and will continue one hour prior to Mass on Wednesday.  Interment will be at a later date.

 Buck was born on January 30, 1960, to Ralph and Marilyn (Neubarth) Thomes in Arlington. He graduated from Arlington Green Isle High School in 1978.  He married Lorie Coney on August 8, 1981, at St. Mary's Church in Arlington.  He began working for Thomes Bros. at age 16 and went to work for the City of Arlington in 1999.  He was dedicated to the Arlington Sportsman's Park, both playing softball and serving as its president for more than 20 years.  He enjoyed coaching his son's youth baseball team and walking his dog, Buddy.  He was also involved with the St. Arthur Council Knights of Columbus.  Most of all, he enjoyed spending quality time with his family, two grandsons and his best friend, Rick Rose, Jr.

 He is survived by his wife, Lorie; his children, Jessica (Scott) Pepin of Indianapolis,

Jason (Becky) Thomes of Arlington, Michelle (significant other, Derick Ruff) Thomes of Henderson, Lindsay (significant other, Sean Dietz) Thomes of Arlington and Nathan Thomes of Arlington;

siblings, Richard (Carol) Thomes of Arlington, Margo (Harlan) Otto of Henderson,

Susan (Michael) McCarthy of Arlington, Norma (Scott Wheeler) Thomes of Eden Prairie, David (Brenda) Thomes of Arlington, Barry (Connie) Thomes of Brandon, SD, John (Amy) Thomes of Arlington and Robert (Gail) Thomes of Arlington; 2 grandchildren, Chase Thomes and Nolan Pepin; many nieces and nephews; Father and mother-in-law, Charles and Hannah Coney of Ames, IA; many more relatives and friends.

 He is preceded in death by his parents.