aLeo C. Thiele, 85 of Dysart died Wednesday, April 7,2010 at Sunnycrest Care Center in Dysart after an extended illness. Services were held Friday, April 9 at Overton's Funeral Home in Dysart with burial at Dysart Cemetery. Special services of Striking 40 and 5's by the Dysart Fire Department and military Graveside rites by Dysart American Legion.
Leo Carl Thiele was born March 11, 1925 at Dysart, the son of John and Lydia Krell Thiele. He received his education at Dysart and graduated from Dysart High School in 1943. He farmed until 1945, when he entered the United States Army Air Corp where he served his country in the occupational forces in Japan during WW II. After his discharge in 1946 he returned to Dysart where he worked for Pioneer Seed Corn Company until 1960. He went to work at Hanson Motor Company (Ford dealership) until 1980 returning to Pioneer where he was employed until his retirement in 1993. Leo was united in marriage to Nancy Hanson on June 21, 1955 at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Dysart. Leo and Nancy made their home all their married life in the Dysart Community. He was an active member of the Dysart United Methodist Church where he served as head usher, on the Administrative Board and other committees. He was a 55 year member of the Dysart Lions Club where he managed the Dysart Park Stand and held several other offices. He received a 50 year perfect attendance award. He also was an active member of the Dysart Fire Department for over 40 years where for over 20 years served as Assistant Fire Chief. He also assisted the Overton Funeral Home and Ambulance Service and was instrumental in organizing the formation of the Dysart Ambulance Service in 1972. While serving the ambulance service he was First Aid/CPR / Rescue Instructor and was inducted into the EMS Hall of Fame. He also was a member of the Dysart American Legion and was recipient of the Dysart Citizen of the Year Award. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Carol Ann, brothers; Clarence, Herbert and Donald, one sister Helen Shanley and a son-in-law Allen Krug. He is survived by his wife Nancy, four children, Kathy Krug of Waterloo, John (Pam) Thiele of Dysart, Marsha (Tim) Fannin of Urbana and Jim (Kathy) Thiele of Garner, 11 grandchildren, Mark Krug, Joe (Doria Keesling) Thiele, Jennifer (Luke) Barnum, Laura Thiele, Nicole Fannin, Michael Fannin, Jamie Fannin, Samantha Thiele, Madison Nissen, Dustin Moeller, and Kalyn (Bryce Cherryholmes) Moeller and in laws Della Thiele, Dave (JoAnne) Hanson, Steve Hanson and Ann (John) Hessenius. Memorials may be directed to the family.