8/5/2021 10:45:00 AM Funeral Mass for Thomas Sexton Aug. 11 at Saint Francis
Thomas Eugene Sexton of Pleasant Grove died Aug. 3, 2021 at St Marys hospital in Rochester. Thomas was born Aug. 6, 1932 in Rochester to Gerald Eugene and Lela Mary Sexton (Wood). He was married to the greatest love of his life, Betty Lou Bakken, on Dec. 3, 1961. Thomas was a veteran who served in the US Army from January 1951 until December 1952. He worked at International Transport in Rochester, and Anderson Trucking in St. Cloud as a safety director. Thomas and Betty ran a used furniture business together and an appliance repair business until his retirement. Aside from a few moves they lived and raised their children in Pleasant Grove. Thomas loved spending time with family. He and Betty were always helping others if they needed help or even a place to live, their home was always open with a coffee pot ready for visitors. Thomas had many interests from coon hunting, fishing with his sons, and gardening to cutting firewood. He loved to tinker, fix, and invent things with his brother-in-law, Donald Bakken. Thomas will always be remembered for his great love that he always shared and care that he gave. I think his children, along with all the children and families that he helped and loved along the way, can say he was and will always be remembered for the big heart and love that he shared. Thomas is survived by his children, Lou Ann (Dennis) Mensink of Stewartville, Wes Sexton of Stewartville, Thomas (Heather) Sexton Jr. of Sargeant, Jerry (Charlene) Sexton of Pleasant Grove, Colleen (Gary) Louks of Rochester, John (Coleen) Sexton of Rochester, Carmen (Neal) Gartner of Chatfield, and Mark Sexton of Stewartville; daughter-in-law, Sarah Sexton of Pleasant Grove; 22 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Donald Bakken of Stewartville and Gerald Bakken of Bigfork. He was preceded in death by his parents, beloved wife, brother, brother-in-law, six sisters-in-law, and his son, Paul William. The Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Rev. James Berning officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 from 5-8 p.m. in River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Union Cemetery. Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.