Walter H. Thies

walter thies
Walter Henry Thies, age 88 of Elma, IA, surrounded by his loving family, he soared to his heavenly home on Sunday, March 31, 2013 at Colonial Manor in Elma. Walter Henry Thies was born on June 28, 1924 the son of John and Martha (Stueber) Thies in Elma, IA. He attended school at Afton #7 and graduated from eighth grade. He stayed home and helped on the farm until he got polio in 1944. After improving over the years he was able to help on the farm again. He never married. He was a lifelong member of St. Peter Lutheran Church where he was baptized and confirmed, held several offices and taught Sunday school. Walter enjoyed fishing and watching the Minnesota Twins play ball and playing cards. Later in life he enjoyed going for car rides, fishing with his nephews and watching them play football and basketball. He spent his spare time reading, putting puzzles together and visiting with relatives and friends. His boxer dogs were his companions. Left to cherish his memories are his sister, Lila Brummond of Chatfield, MN and his-sister-in-law, Mary Thies of Elma, IA; eight nieces and nephews Beryl (Jim) Stevens, Ron (Deb) Brummond, Carolyn (Duane) Bicknese, Vicki ( Mike) Campion, Greg (Dawn) Thies, Sheryl (Randy) Ferrie, Tim (Lori) Thies and Bill Thies; great nieces and nephews Cheri (Eric) Irish, Lori Janet, Dan Krosch, Ben Stevens, Adam (Victoria) Brummond, Jeff Brummond, Mitch Brummond, Eric (Briana ) Bicknese, Brian (Angie) Bicknese, Andrea ( Adam) Eickhoff, Joey Danielson, Brittany Danielson, Jenna Danielson, Will Campion, Valerie (Stacy) Wilberding, Naomi (Jason) Bye, Brandon (Amber) Thies, Christopher Thies, Roland Ferrie, Ramsey Ferrie, Tiffany (Jeff) Nonnweiler, Tabitha Thies and Tyler Thies; and several great-great nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents John and Martha Thies; two brothers Victor and Roland and great niece Stephanie. Cemetery: Burial will be in Howard Cemetery at Elma, IA. Memorials may be directed to Lutheran Hour. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00am on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Elma, IA. Funeral services will be at 11:00am on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Elma, IA with Pastor Ryan McDermott officiating.

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  1. Mary, Bill and Family, You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this sad & difficult time. Having just lost Mom, the saddness is difficult to endure. I saw Walter the 28th @ suppertime. I was there visiting Mom. She wasn’t feeling well, nor eating much, mostly drinking & of course ice cream. Walter was a table over. He was not interested in the food & drink either. I was thinking that when I first met him through church, I thought, Boy, He’s a Big Guy! I felt sad they he was in a wheelchair, yet he seemed accepting of his circumstances. May God bless you with strength & peace. God Bless, Deb & Don Morrison

  2. Our deepest sympathies to the Thies family. Dan has shared wonderful memories of fishing trips with Walter and I loved visiting with Walter on a few occasions later in life. He loved to visit. We just found out about his death today otherwise we would have tried to make arrangements to be there. May he rest in eternal peace!

  3. Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. This is one of the most difficult things we must face in our life. May it comfort you to know that others are deeply touched by your loss. God assures us at Psalms 34:18 that he is near to those broken in heart and those crushed in spirit he saves. Jesus also promises that we will be able to see our loved ones again. Jesus own words found at John 5:28,29 tells us there will be a resurrection. What a wonderful hope! God says that soon on the earth there will be no more pain, suffering and especially death at Revelation 21:3-5 We anxiously await the day when we will no longer lose those we love. May these bible thoughts bring you comfort at this most difficult time.

  4. May Walter H. Thies RIP, “…Everything he has made pretty in its time. Even time indefinite he has put in their heart… I have come to know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good during one’s life; and also that every man should eat and indeed drink and see good for all his hard work. It is the gift of God.”Ecclesiastes 3:10-13″
    The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, … to a resurrection of life.” John 5:28,29

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