Posted 10/27/10 (Wed)
Thomas Dale McNamara, 72, Bismarck, passed away on Oct. 24, 2010, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family under the care of St. Alexius Home Health and Hospice Care.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Bismarck, with Rev. Wes Aardahl officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery.
Visitation occurred on Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, and will continue on Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Thomas was born on July 5, 1938, in Minot, N.D., the son of Donald and Edith (Tank) McNamara. He grew up on his grandparents’ farm in Keene, N.D., and graduated from Dakota Lutheran Academy High School in Minot, ND, in 1957. After high school, he attended North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D., where he earned certification in welding and mechanics.
Thomas was united in marriage to Carolyn Wilson on June 20, 1959, in Williston, N.D. He retired in 2000 after 23 years at North American Coal (Coteau Properties) in Beulah, N.D.
He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, working in his yard and garage, cleaning and polishing his automobiles, spending time with family and friends, and attending his grandchildren’s activities.
Thomas is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Carolyn, of Bismarck; daughter, Brenda (Kevin) Mahon of Bismarck; son, Jay (Angie) McNamara of Lincoln, N.D.; granddaughters, Kristie (Clint) Kitzen of Lincoln, Katie Mahon of Bismarck, Erin McNamara of Lincoln, Jesse Pfliger Bernal and Hailee Pfliger of Wisconsin; and Emilee Pfliger of Hazen; grandsons, Cory and Nathan McNamara of Lincoln; great-granddaughter, Kira Bernal of Wisconsin; great-grandson, Jadon Bernal of Wisconsin; brother, Bill (Loretta) McNamara; nephews, Randy (Tonja) and family, Brian (Shari) and family, all of Vernal, Utah; half-sister, Cheryl (Tom) Fiest of Williston; nephews, Tommy and Travis Fiest of Bismarck; and many cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Terry; his parents, Donald McNamara and Edith Harms; his step-father, Arne Harms; his grandparents; and aunts and uncles.
Go to www.parkwayfuneral.com to share memories of Thomas and to sign the online guestbook.