Thomas Ronald Mansfield

Flat Rock - Thomas Ronald Mansfield, 90, of Flat Rock, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 at Tore’s Home.

A native of Queens, New York, he was a son of the late Fred and Ruth Williamson Mansfield. Thomas was also preceded in death by his wife, Unni Lund Kristensen Mansfield,  as well as two sisters, Joan and June.

A U.S. Army retiree with 27 years of service, Thomas worked for the U.S. government for a total of 47 years on numerous duty assignments around the world, including Paris, where he met the love of his life, Unni. They were wed in her hometown of Drammen, Norway and enjoyed their travels while raising four children. After his retirement, they made their home in Franklin.

He is survived by one daughter, Kari Ann Maurer of Mills River, North Carolina; three sons, Norman Mansfield of Jacksonville, Florida, David Mansfield of San Jose, California and Paul Mansfield of Los Gatos, California; one sister, Ruth Freeland of Concord, North Carolina as well as 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

His family will honor his passing with a private ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a contribution in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project at

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian in Arden, North Carolina is assisting the family, and for those who wish to send the family a condolence, please visit the memorial guest register online at

The Franklin Press

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