Thomas Thibodeau

Thomas Thibodeau

  • Funeral Date: 3/31/17
  • Funeral Time: 4-7PM
  • Date of Birth: 11/21/50
  • Date of Death: 3/20/17
  • Funeral Location: Benson & Langehough Funeral Home


Tom Thibodeau, known to his friends as T-Bone, died Monday – March 20, 2017 at the Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center.

Tom was born on November 21, 1950 in Northfield to Albert and Dorothy Thibodeau. He was baptized
and confirmed at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church. He attended St. Dominic’s School in his early years
and graduated from Northfield High School in 1969.

Tom married Sherri Schulte in 1971. They had two children, Christopher (1972) and Nickolas (1978). The couple later divorced and Tom married Rise’ Livings at Littles Park in 1984.

Tom had many interests and passions in his life. He was an avid snowmobiler, and was a legend in the local Waterford Warriors Snowmobile Club. As a founding father (1972), he filled many roles, including President, safety trainer, trail captain, and also was the club’s gambling manager for 22 years up until his death. He was instrumental in the club becoming and maintaining a 501(c) (3) organization, a huge accomplishment. Thank you Tom! He was also a lifetime member of Moose Country Snowmobile Club in Republic, Michigan.

He enjoyed motorcycling and took countless trips across the USA with friends and with his wife Rise’. One adventure found them outrunning a tornado in Central Minnesota! Tom made many trips to Sturgis, South Dakota, his last one being with his son Nick in 2016. Not surprisingly, he loved fast cars, NASCAR and drag racing.

Tom firmly believed in this motto: If you aren’t living on the edge, you are taking up too much space!

Tom was a gifted mechanic. He loved Fords and American-made motors. His work experience included being a Rupp Snowmobile and Mini Bike dealer with Diversified Distributors, Inc., earning a trip to Spain. He also worked for Southside Transmissions, Zanmiller Sheet Metal, Jerry’s Yamaha, H&H Tree Service, and DuWayne’s Body Shop in Lonsdale. He attended Control Data Institute where he became a computer technician and then worked for Data Serv. His last employment was with the City of Northfield Waste Water Department, retiring after 15 years in December of 2014.

Tom is survived by his wife Rise’, mother Dorothy, sons Christopher (Michelle) and Nickolas (Pauline), and step-daughter Nicki (Paul Hallcock); grandchildren Taylor, Shelby, Calton, Riley, Anthony and Lydia; step-grandchildren Sean, Mara and Max; siblings Joseph, Kathryn Weed (Steven), Lucia Kessler (James); niece Amy Weed and nephew Ryan Weed. He was preceded in death by his father Albert and his grandparents.

Visitation will be Friday, March 31st, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Benson Langehough Funeral Home.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.


  1. Georgia Thurnblad

    I am so sorry Rise! I’m glad I saw you today so I could give you hugs.

  2. Greg Anderson

    Dear Rise, since I read your posting a few days ago, I have been praying for you and your family. I know how hard the death of a loved one is! You and your friends have shared some of your happier times. How wonderful it is to have them. Share them with many. Telling them may bring you comfort. Know that I will continue to pray for you and yours.

  3. Debbie Graff

    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers. Coming your way.

  4. Ray and Judy Wachter

    Fond memories of Tom and his family during our high school years. Sorry we can’t be with you to share our condolences in person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  5. jerry pavek

    so sorry for your loss

  6. Dan Dooley

    Rise, we are so sorry to hear of your loss.
    Tom will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
    Our prayers go out to you and your family.

  7. Deb McNeill Praus

    So sorry to hear about Tom. Prayers and thoughts with you as you go through this time of sorrow.

  8. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.

  9. Larry Shepherd

    We are very sorry for your loss! Prayers going out to Rise and family. Tom will be missed by the snowmobiling community!

  10. LuAnne Caul

    So sorry to hear of the T-Bone’s passing. He will be missed up north for sure. Hugs and prayers being sent your way— Lu

  11. Sandra Wells

    To all of the Thibadeau family, my deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to all of you. Tom is already missed, what a character, we all loved him. I love you all, I am sorry I can’t be there. Hope you feel my love and prayers for you all. With much sadness, I say goodbye to my cousin Tom. Deepest Sympathies go out to you all.
    Sandy Wells

  12. Julie Van Sickle-Sydnes

    My thoughts are with you all at this time. So many memories and fun times. He will be missed and always remembered.

  13. Lioba Langer Forman

    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Tom’s infectious smile from High School. May he be forever at peace and may you be comforted with his memories.

  14. Eunice Ellsworth Beyer

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to all who loved and knew him.

  15. Mary Overlee Olson

    Very sorry for your loss. May you be blessed with many great memories, although we know your life will never be quite the same.

  16. Nick Thibodeau

    Thanks to all for the comfort in this time of grief.
    My Dad will truly never be forgotten by so many people.
    He impacted so many lives over his short time it truly make me proud to be called his son (little T-Bone).
    Love you all!
    Nick Thibodeau

  17. Thomas Hagen

    We are very to hear about T Bones passing! We had a lot of good times in the snowmobile club and on the Harleys! Now their is nitrous in heaven! Very sorry Rise and Family! Tom & Brenda Hagen

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