He married Theresa A. Ripberger on February 18, 1950, in Fort Wayne; she survives in Kendallville. He was a self-employed carpenter until he retired in 2005. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Kendallville and he loved to be surrounded by his family and friends.
Surviving are four sons, Steven (Debbie) Thieme and Randy (Cindy) Thieme, both of Fort Wayne, David Thieme of Kendallville, and Brian (Sarah) Thieme of Columbia, Mo.; three daughters, Debra (Evan) Leinker of Churubusco, Janet Cross and Sandra (Steven) Peterink, both of Kendallville; 22 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Betty Elliott and Joan Badders, both of Fort Wayne. He was also preceded in death by one granddaughter, Tesah Thieme.
Funeral service was Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church, Kendallville with the Rev. Paul B. Griebel officiating.
Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church and/or St. John Lutheran School, Kendallville.
Condolences are to the family at www.hitefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were by Hite Funeral Home, 403 S. Main St., Kendallville.