January 26, 2018
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is with sadness that I report to you the death of Rev. Dr. Arnold V. Thoren on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in East Moline, Illinois.
Pastor Thoren was born January 8, 1931, in Malmo, Nebraska, and married Barbara Ann Bjurstrom on June 30, 1956. Pastor Thoren graduated from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas in 1952. He later graduated from Augustana Theological Seminary, Rock Island, Illinois in 1956. He received a Doctorate in Ministry from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in 1978.
Pastor Thoren was ordained June 17, 1956, by the Augustana Lutheran Church and began his ministry at Bethel Lutheran Church, Herman, Minnesota, from 1956-1959. Next, he was called to serve at Swedesburg Lutheran Church, Swedesburg, Iowa, from 1959-1965. Next, he was called to serve at St. John Lutheran Church, Fargo, North Dakota, from 1965-1970. Next, he was called to serve at Augustana Lutheran Church, Boone, Iowa from 1970-1986. His last call was to serve at First Lutheran Church, Galesburg, Illinois, from 1986-1996. He retired in 1996.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 28, 2018, at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 3030 7th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 29, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady Street, Davenport, Iowa. Clergy are invited to vest.
As the church we offer our sympathy to his family and friends and because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we rejoice in God’s promise of eternal life, comfort, and hope.
Bishop Jeffrey Clements