He was born on April 20, 1928 at Colman to Fred and Anna (Kroger) Thiele. He married Gloria Carlson on December 26, 1953 and they were married until 1969. He married Helen Thorsheim Simons on October 20, 1973.
He is survived his wife – Helen of Madison. Three daughters – Lana (Myron Thomas) Brewer and Joy (John) Martin of Colorado Springs, CO and Elizabeth Bounds of Madison. 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. Three sisters – Gladys Heinricy of Colman, Laura Croon of Dell Rapids and Wilma Beck of Madison.
He was preceded in death by his parents – 3 brothers – Leo, Mahlon and Frank.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, September 24, 2012, at St John Lutheran Church in Madison with Rev Daryl Schubert officiating. Burial will be in North Preston Cemetery, Lake Preston, SD.
He grew up in Colman where he graduated from high school. He served in the US Army Air Corps from 1947 until 1950 receiving the rank of Sergeant. After the service he worked for Brende Electric until 1957 when he began farming. In 1960 he had a wrecker service until 1967, worked for Bower Electric from 1967-1969, drove semi-truck for T & R Electric from 1969-1974 and from 1974 until 1990, worked as a electrician through Electrical Workers Local 426.
He was a member of St John Lutheran Church and the American Legion.
There will be a prayer service at 7:00 PM on Sunday at Weiland Funeral Chapel which is in charge of the arrangements.
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