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Thomas Duane Fichtel

April 18, 1931 ~ October 13, 2017 (age 86)

Thomas D. Fichtel, age 86, of Annandale, formerly of Anoka and Underwood, died Friday, October 13, 2017 at his home while under hospice care knowing he was loved by all his family.

Memorial Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale with Rev. Dave Nelson officiating. Burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Thomas Duane Fichtel was born April 18, 1931 in Alta Vista, Iowa to Harry and Elsbeth (Klammer) Fichtel. After graduating as Valedictorian of his class at Alta Vista High School, Tom furthered his education at Wartburg College and the University of Minnesota, where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. He began his extensive education career as a classroom teacher in Iowa. After a few short years, Tom and his family relocated to Anoka, Minnesota. He taught math education until becoming the Assistant Principal, and then became Principal of Anoka Junior High, where he provided instruction and leadership for 30 years with the Anoka-Hennepin School District. On December 26, 1975 he was united in marriage to Darlene Walls in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Upon his retirement in 1986, Tom and Darlene moved up to Underwood, where he helped build their log home. Due to his handyman skills, Tom took it upon himself to do most of the inside work of the home. He and Darlene continued to make their home there, until moving to Annandale approximately 15 years ago. Also during his retirement, he was an insurance home inspector and consultant for the Anoka-Hennepin School District. In his spare time, Tom enjoyed gardening, traveling, dancing, and refinishing antique furniture. Tom truly enjoyed spending times outdoors, whether it be camping, hunting, fishing, or playing golf. He also enjoyed the winter months, when he and Darlene spent time at their home in Mesa, Arizona. Above all, Tom treasured the time he was able to spend with his family.

Tom is survived by his wife of 40 years, Darlene of Annandale; children, Steven (Elaine) Fichtel of Golden Valley, Michael (Caren) Fichtel of Plano, TX, Julia Tollgaard of Coon Rapids, Cindy (Randy) Jacobson of Underwood, Candy Lake of Mesa, AZ, and Colleen (Randy) Sonsteby of Annandale; 7 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and his nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Harry & Elsbeth and his brother, Dale.

Rev. Dave Nelson will provide music for the service. Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Car Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.


 Service Information

Visitation
Wednesday
October 18, 2017

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Dingmann Funeral Care, Annandale Chapel
Pleasant Ave N. and Park St. E.
Annandale, Minnesota 55302

Memorial Service
Wednesday
October 18, 2017

2:00 PM
Dingmann Funeral Care, Annandale Chapel
Pleasant Ave N. and Park St. E.
Annandale, Minnesota 55302


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