Harold H. Thiele

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Harold Thiele, age 86 of Elma, IA passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2014 surrounded by his family at his home in Elma. Harold Herbert Thiele was born on November 1, 1927 to Leo and Anna (Lengling) Thiele on a farm near Elma. He attended country school in Afton Township to the eighth grade and also received an honorary high school diploma. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1944. Harold received his honorable discharge in 1946. Upon his return home, Harold worked at Quaker Oats in Cedar Rapids. He was employed at Oliver in Charles City while farming with his dad. On January 5, 1952, Harold was united in marriage to Kathleen Regan at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma. He started farming on his own in 1954 near Elma on the Regan farm. Harold and Kathleen moved to Powersville, Iowa in 1984 and moved back to Elma in 2000. Harold enjoyed camping, traveling, farming, wood working, gardening, bicycling and making beer and wine. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Elma American Legion and was post commander, as well as belonging to the Catholic Order of Foresters. Harold is survived by his wife, Kathleen of Elma; his children, Patricia (Sam) Bass of Everett, WA, Gregory (Sharon) Thiele of Elma, Julie (Jeff) Duncan of Leland, IA, May Ellen (Bryce) Larsen of Elma, Gerald (Rhonda) Thiele of St. Joseph, MI, Neil Thiele of Elma and Beverly (Bill Knoess) Thiele of Oradell, NJ; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, several step grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Norma Thiele of Arizona and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Clara Bayer and infant sister, Leona; his brothers, Joseph, Lawrence, Leo, Henry and Carl and his infant granddaughters Ashley and Stacie Larsen. In Lieu of flowers, Memorials may be directed to the family.

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  2. Kathleen and Family,
    I want to express my deepest sympathy at your loss.
    My thoughts and prayers go with you as you go through this difficult time.
    Debi ( Bigley) Shroyer

  3. Kathleen and Family,
    You have my sincere sympathy for your loss. You are all in my prayers. Please take some small comfort knowing that Harold is now looking out for all of you and will continue to provide the strength you need.
    I look forward to reminiscing with stories about Harold.

  4. My prayers and thoughts go out to all of you at this time.

    Hold on to your memories and let them guide you through this time of sadness.

  5. Mel, Brice & Family, We are so sorry for the loss of your dad. It is never easy but keep all those wonderful memories close to your heart. That will help ease the pain. He will always be your guardian angel. Sending thoughts & prayers…..Dan & Peg Testroet

  6. Thank you, Tim. I was just telling Mom what you said about Dad being up in Heaven laughing, once again, with the neighbors.:-) We are so glad you will be coming up and being our lector. You ARE the official Thiele lector, after all. The weddings were much more fun, however…. 🙂 much love, Beverly

  7. Kathleen and Family,
    Just heard the news. You have our deepest sympathy. I will let my brothers know.
    Doug and Sue Murphy

  8. Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. Jesus promises that we will be able to see our loved ones again at John 5:28,29 which talks about the resurrection hope. What a wonderful hope that will be! May this bible thought bring you comfort at this difficult time.

  9. So sorry for your loss. Sorry will not make it to visitation— snowed in. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Barb and Merle Havlik

  10. Dear Thiele Family,

    Just wanted you to know how sad I felt after hearing about Harold’s passing. He was a great guy and
    Some one I remember from a young age. My deepest condolences to your family. God bless.
    Greg Murphy.

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