Thomas "Tom" Rider age 82, of Hugo, MN, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Tom will be remembered as a generous, kind, humble, hard working husband, father, and grandfather who loved life and lived it to its fullest. Tom was passionate about his family and his faith. "It's all about family" was his go to motto. Tom had many interests: riding horses, farming, figuring numbers, reading and rehabbing properties. He had a special way with people that left a lasting impression. He always had twinkle in his eye.
Tom was born July 30, 1935 to Russell and Mary Rider in St. Paul, MN. He graduated from Cretin-Derham Hall in 1953 and enlisted in the Navy Seebees. After an honorable discharge he met his first wife Virginia and had six children: Rick, Ginny, Linn, Ron, Russ and Mary. Tom retired from the state highway department after 22 years to pursue more of his passion for farming and rehabbing properties. Tom met Arta in 1978 and they had two children together, Anne and Paul.
Preceded in death by his parents, Russell T. Rider and Mary A. Rider; grandson, Jake Rider. Tom is survived by his wife of 37 years, Arta Rider; eight children; Rick (Lou) Rider, Ginny (Don) Currell, Linn (Don) Valley, Ron Rider, Russ Rider, Mary Baker, Paul (Janelle) Rider, Annie (Dustin) Carlson, 21 grandchildren & 11 great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Tom's Life 12 Noon Tuesday, January 9th with visitation beginning at 10 AM at Christ Lutheran Church, 4790 Rosemary Way, Hugo. Memorials if desired can be sent to donor's choice.
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