Brian David Thoen

May 3, 1953 - March 8, 2021

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Private Prayer Service: Livestreaming available
Thursday, March 11, 2021 – 7:30pm

Private Funeral Service: Livestreaming available
Friday, March 12, 2021 – 10:00am

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STARS Air Ambulance – Saskatoon Base Hangar 21
2475 Airport Road
Saskatoon, SK, S7L 1M4
Phone: 1-855-516 -4848
Website: Stars Air Ambulance

Holy Rosary Cemetery Fund
c/o PO Box 237
LeRoy, SK, S0K 2P0


Brian David Thoen was born May 3, 1953 at LeRoy Union Hospital to Arthur and Gladys (née Vik) Thoen. He was the youngest child, having four brothers and two sisters. The family lived on a farm outside of LeRoy until 1956 when they moved to Melfort. In 1960, the family moved back to LeRoy, where they ran the corner cafe. Brian worked at various jobs until he began his career at Alwinsal Potash (PCS Lanigan) in January of 1974 beginning his 40+ years as a Miner Operator and as a Journeyman Industrial Mechanic. Finding the love of his life in 1974, Brian married Bev Wickenhauser on July 30, 1977. They welcomed four children: Janeen, Krista, Warren, and Brianne. Their loving family grew with each addition of a new son or daughter-in-law, and eventually eight (soon to be ten) grandchildren. Brian’s most significant and most important focus of his life was his family. He was so proud. There was a special twinkle in Papa’s eyes when the grandkids were around…a special bond was formed. It really was mutual admiration – Peyton, Brooklyn, Mattson, Nolan, Adley, Lauren, Luke and Regan all adored their Papa. Brian retired in 2013, but not really. During this time, he was actively involved in the community and spent countless hours serving to enrich the town of LeRoy. Brian was a town councillor for over 20 years and held the title of Mayor for the Town for 8 years until November 2020. While Brian wasn’t working or spending time with his family, he enjoyed being busy. Brian took part in annual hunting trips with his hunting crew and was glad to host the American goose hunters. He was most proud of having his son as a hunting buddy and cherished the solo hunting trips they took together. Lake-time was how Brian spent his summers. Brian created many memories for his family. As years went by, Brian and Bev settled at Jackfish Lake seasonally, and then retired to Marean Lake with the Dale family to create a summer oasis where Dad would find endless projects to perfect. As empty nesters, Brian and Bev created invaluable memories; enjoying visits and babysitting duties with the grandchildren, taking trips to relax at the spa in Moose Jaw, and going for drives to spot for animals during hunting season. After retirement, Brian was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis but he wouldn’t let this slow him down. He lived many busy years unaffected by the fibrosis, only slowing within the last year and spending more time closer to home. Brian will be remembered for his knowledge, advice, and expertise in many different areas, his willingness to help all, and his love and pride for his family. Brian will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife of 43 years, Bev (née Wickenhauser) Thoen of LeRoy; four children: Janeen (Brad) Dale and children Peyton and Mattson of Saskatoon; Krista (Norman) Hochbaum and children Brooklyn, Nolan, and Lauren of Battleford; Warren (Amanda) Thoen and children Adley and Luke of Battleford; and Brianne (Taylor) Ronvel and son Regan of Englefeld. He is also survived by two brothers: Wayne (Joan) Thoen and Les Thoen; sister-in-law Mary Thoen; and in-laws Dianna Knaus, June (Raymond) Rivard, and Darrell (Cathy) Wickenhauser; and by many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his parents Arthur and Gladys (née Vik) Thoen; two brothers Gerald Thoen and Dale Thoen; sisters Yvonne Kientz and Darlene Smith; brothers- in-law Arnie Knaus, Joe Kientz, Clarence Smith, Vincent Staniec; sister-in-law Betty Thoen; in-laws Jerome and Grace (née Crowter) Wickenhauser; and niece Danielle Rivard.

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