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Ernest Andrew Thomsen
April 18, 1934-February 10, 2022
Ernest Thomsen obit pic
Ernest Andrew Thomsen, 87 of Manteca, California passed away quietly at home on February 10, 2022, surrounded by family. Ernest also known as Ernie was the son of Andrew and Olive Thomsen.  
   When Ernie was three, he was kicked in the head by a colt that was in the barn on the family farm while his father was plowing the field with the colt’s mother.  Three days later he woke up in the hospital with a colt’s hoof print forever imprinted on his forehead. As a young man Ernie participated with a local equestrian club where he rode his horse Dexter in parades with other members of the club. Ernie was a 1952 graduate of Manteca High School. After graduation he attended Modesto Junior with his friend Al.  Al introduced Ernie to his future wife Evelyn (Rosie) Cook.  Ernie and Rosie were married in April 1955. Ernie went to work for Pacific Bell as a Lineman. This was the perfect job for him because he had the gift of gab.  He could talk to anyone about anything. Before retiring after 33 years with Ma Bell (as Pacific Bell was known) Ernie work as a Line- assigner. The knowledge he gained as a Lineman help him as a Line-assigner. He could help the Lineman trouble shoot the phone problems. These were the days before computers.
   Ernie and Rosie are the proud parents of four children, Juli, Alice, Warren and Francis. When Ernie wasn’t busy with the family, farm and work he volunteered as a firefighter also earning his Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). In 1968 the Thomsen family increased by six children following the death of Rosie’s sister and 14 months later by her brother-in-law. This brought Rick, Heidi, Nick, Rose Marie, Judy and Chris to the family. In 1976 Ernie was elected to the Manteca School Board.  Ernie served two terms and was voted to serve as the President of the School Board where he was awarded a lifelong membership to PTA. Ernie and Rosie have opened their home to many foreign exchange students and Foster Children.  Ernie started volunteering at San Joaquin’s Newborn Baby Cuddling Program while waiting for Rosie to get off work. Ernie loved to cuddle babies.  He was especially good with the fussy drug babies.  Ernie volunteered for many years becoming the leader of the program.  Ernie and Rosie have help to raise grandchildren and great- grandchildren.  Ernie is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  
   He is survived by his wife Rosie, daughters, Juli and Alice, sons Warren and Francis, nephews Nick and Chris and niece Judy, along with 16 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
   P.L. Fry and Son is honored to be serving the Thomsen family. Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 22, at 10 a.m. followed by a service at 11:00 a.m.  located at  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1233 Northgate Dr., Manteca, CA. An online tribute page is available for condolences to the family at

Manteca (Cailf.) Bulletin

Thursday, February 17, 2022