Thor Groswold, 1928-2018
Thor, 89, passed away Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at Mercy Regional Hospital in Durango. He was born on Dec. 7, 1928 to Thor C. and Bernice (Brandt) in Denver. He is survived by his son, Eric and his wife, Nancy, and his daughter Bernice and her husband Mark Stiles. His wife, Twyla and daughter Kristine preceded him in death. He has three grandchildren, Kelly with husband Sean and children Peter and Walter, and Kim (both Stiles) and Chersti (by Kristine) and her son Cory and daughter, Abbie. Also a number of relatives mostly in the Denver area (the Brandt side of the family) and many relatives in Norway.
He grew up in a family of skiers, with his brother, Jerry, as his father and mother competed in jump meets and his father manufactured skis at the Groswold Ski Company in Denver from 1932-1952. In his childhood Thor was active in Boy Scouts. Thor spent many summers working at the Johnson Ranch in North Park, CO and working at the ski company, until he went to college at Western State in Gunnison and was a member of the school’s ski team. Thor served in the Air Force from 1950-1954 where he taught survival skills in California and Colorado. He married Twyla Read of Glenwood Springs June 3, 1951. After the Korean War he completed a Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Colorado to go with his Business Administration degree from Western State. Thor began his working career with Marathon Oil as an engineer in Littleton and then to the headquarters in Findlay, Ohio, where he was the construction project engineer until 1965 when the family moved back to the Denver area. Thor then worked for Miner-Denver and Cutler-Hammer where he served as Assistant General Manager. Thor then changed jobs to work as Business Manager for Winter Park Ski Area in 1974. He was employed there as CFO and Sr. VP until he retired in 1987. Thor was passionate about skiing. He officiated in various capacities at numerous competitions and served as Chief of Alpine Calculators at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics and as Chief Steward for the 1980 Olympic Ski Jumping competitions at Lake Placid. At Winter Park he was the director of the Nordic Program for 18 years. He is a member of the Colorado and National Ski Halls of Fame. He devoted many years to the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame, serving on the Board of Directors and working to establish the Resource Center in Wheatridge. Thor and Twyla retired to the Cortez area in 1987, then living in Montrose for many years before moving to the Bayfield/Durango area in 2015. He will be interred at Fisher Cemetery near Glenwood Springs. Service/memorial to be announced at a later date. Donations can be made to the Grand Foundation, which benefits the Grand County community (grandfoundation.com; P.O. Box 1342 Winter Park, CO 80482; 970-887-3111) and the ALS Foundation (alsa.org; P.O. Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037-0022; 888-949-2577).
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