William Dean Thielen
July 19, 1951 – July 26, 2023
Bill, 72, passed away peacefully in Omaha, NE on July 26, 2023, surrounded by family.
Bill Thielen was born July 19, 1951, in Exira, IA, to parents, William and Marie (Grossman) Thielen. He spent his younger years in Exira, until he moved to Carroll, IA, where he graduated from Carroll High School. After graduation he moved to Omaha, NE. He worked for Malnove, Inc. where he met his wife, Barbara Jean (Rech) Thielen. They were married June 4, 1977. Bill’s favorite job was bartending at the VFW and American Legion, where he told countless jokes and socialized with patrons. Bill always had a joke!! He enjoyed camping, gardening, cooking, grilling, board games with his grandkids and listening to music. He loved the Dallas Cowboys, and never missed a game with his son, William. He was always ready to have a chat, tell some stories and share a Budweiser. Bill’s greatest joy were his grandkids. Bill was one of a kind, funny and giving. He was soft-hearted and would tear up quite easily. There are so many wonderful memories with a beloved husband, father, grandpa, uncle, cousin and friend.
Bill is survived by his wife of 46 years, Barbara Thielen; children, Sara (Patrick) Medinger and William Thielen; grandchildren, Zella and Abraham Dowling; three brothers: Larry (Sandy) Thielen, Duane (Barbara) Thielen, Mark (Anna) Thielen; five sisters: Mary Carol Collings, Jane Neary, Cheryl (Larry) Cruchelow and Kathy “Tiger” Thielen; sisters in-law and brothers in-law: Jolene Thielen, Theresa (Phil) Zimmers, Geraldine (David) Zimmers, Patricia (David) Holewinski, Ronald (Janice) Rech, Daniel Rech, Jacqueline (Michael) Thompson and Kathleen (Darin) Hurlbut; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Marie Thielen; granddaughter, Peony Dowling; mother and father in-law, Dorothy and Arthur Dowling; father in-law, Leonard Rech, brothers, Tommy Lynn Thielen, Jim Thielen; brothers-in law, Glenn Collings, Patrick Neary; sister in-law, Lynn Rech; nephews, Trevor Collings, Dylan Hurlbut.
Bill will leave you with these last words:
“Keep your stick on the ice!”
“Don’t eat the yellow snow!”
VISITATION: Thursday, August 3. 2023 from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday, August 4, 2023 at 11am, West Center Chapel. Interment, Calvary Cemetery.
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