He was born Jan. 19, 1931, at Leopold, son of the late Fred and Helena Elfrink Thiele. He and Ethel Ann Seiler were married April 16, 1952.
He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He was a lifelong member of St. John Catholic Church. He worked as a farmer in the Leopold area and was self-employed as a cabinetmaker. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved gardening.
Survivors include his wife; six children, Glenda (Duane) Welter of Cape Girardeau, Robert (Georgia) Thiele, Roger (Bonnie) Thiele and Barbara (Roger) Bucher, all of Leopold, Donna (Roger) Essner and Carol Thiele, both of Cape Girardeau; four sisters, Irene Stoverink and Hilda (Albert) Beussink of Jackson, Helen (Harold) Beussink and Betty (Fred) Beussink of Leopold; a brother, Stanley (RoseAnn) Thiele of Leopold; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Thiele of Jackson; 12 grandchildren, Amy LeDure of Cape Girardeau, Craig and Courtney Thiele of Leopold, David, Dustin and Dana Thiele of Leopold, Casey, Ashlyn and Austin Bucher of Leopold, Michael, Tyler and Rachel Essner of Cape Girardeau; and two great-grandchildren, Bailey and Kendall LeDure of Cape Girardeau.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hutchings Funeral Chapel, with parish prayers at 7 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at St. John Catholic Church in Leopold. The Rev. Jeff Fasching will officiate, with burial in the church cemetery.