Jack Tomhave, 90 of Cloquet died Saturday, September 9, 2017 in Duluth with his loving family by his side. He was born January 24, 1927 in Cloquet to Lorraine and EJG "Tom" Tomhave.
Jack attended Cloquet schools until his father, a Cloquet dentist, was called into the service in Brownsville, Texas in January 1942 to the last cavalry unit in the U.S. Jack graduated from Brownsville High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He attended the University of MN and the University of MN Dental School graduating in 1953. He joined his father in the dental practice in Cloquet. Shortly after he started his practice, one of his patients, a young school teacher named Mary Monroe caught his eye. They were married on September 8, 1957 in what was described as the best move he ever made.
His family was the joy of his life. When son Jim was in the last year at the University of MN Dental School it was decided they would need a new office which was built at 1211 Stanley Avenue, opening in September of 1985. With a growing practice, they soon took on a third dentist, Rick Olson, and it became the Tomhave Olson Dental Associates. In 1993, son Steve graduated from the University of MN Dental School and joined the practice. With four dentists and a great staff things worked very well. The dental office was of an open design and nothing gave Jack more pleasure than looking down the room, listening and watching his sons have the same pride and enjoyment as he had in his work. His daughter Jean, with her degree in nursing, was the force who broadened and diversified the dental trio. She, too, followed in her father's footsteps as evidenced by her compassion, humor, creativity and incredible work ethic so similar to her dad's.
Jack was the leader of Explorer Scout Troop 174 for 25 years. The scouts may not have known a lot about tying knots ala the Scout book but more rewarding than that was the yearly canoe trips they took into the BWCA and Canada, plus the annual ski trips. He was also involved locally with the Outward Bound program which sent about a dozen boys to their camps over the years. He was a member of the Cloquet Park Board for 22 years, the Rotary Club and the Cloquet Country Club. After his retirement, in 1995, Jack and Mary wintered in Tucson, AZ where they enjoyed tennis, golf, hiking and friends they made there, happily returning to Minnesota in the spring to the good times with family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mary; children, Jim (Jennie) Tomhave, Jean (Jeff) Russum, and Steve (Kerry) Tomhave; six grandchildren, Ben and Peter Tomhave, Sarah and Jack Russum, Nick and Lucas Tomhave; and his sister, Sue Tomhave Stock.
The family extends special thanks and gratitude to the caregivers of Primrose, Diamond Willow and the BeeHive Homes for providing such exceptional and compassionate care.
There will be an informal Celebration of Life for Jack next month on Sunday, October 8th at the Cloquet Country Club from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send any memorial gifts to Cure Alzheimer's Fund, 34 Washington St., Ste 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481, Cloquet Public Library, or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet. To sign the guest book and leave an online tribute see, www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com