Gary W. Thiems, age 76 of Edwardsville, IL, died Thursday, October 13, 2016, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJC) in Saint Louis, MO. He was born on Thursday, October 19, 1939, in Highland, IL, the son of the late Walter W. and Anita A. (nee Plocher) Thiems. On Saturday, September 16, 1961, he married Diann J. (nee Broniec) Thiems at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, IL, who survives in Edwardsville. He was also a member of Carpenter Local - St. Louis, MO. He was a former member of Moose Lodge. Gary was born and reared in Highland. He was a 1957 Highland High School graduate. He attended Carpenter's School. He made Edwardsvillehome in 1969. He worked for John Kraus, Cannon Construction, and started Thiems' Construction in 1972 in Edwardsville and now in Roxana. They build roads, bridges and commercial construction. He was still active in the business. In 1992, he developed 18 hole Fox Creek Golf Course and Fox Creek Estates (a large residential subdivision). He enjoyed boating on Table Rock Lake, winter in Florida at Marco Island and riding motorcycles. When he was young his hobbies were golfing, fishing and camping. He is survived by his wife: Diann J. Thiems, nee Broniec, Edwardsville; two sons: Terry L. (Dee) Thiems, Edwardsville, and Tad W. (Significant Other - Justina Carroll) Thiems, Edwardsville; grandchildren: Tara N. Thiems, Edwardsville, Taylor L. Thiems, Edwardsville, Tanya M. Thiems, Edwardsville, Tianna J. "Tia" Thiems, Edwardsville and Tad W. "T.J." Thiems, Jr., Edwardsville and one sister: Rita C. (Dale) Rinderer, Trenton. Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland with Rev. Christopher W. Hill, Senior Pastor, pastor officiating. Interment will be at Highland City Cemetery in Highland, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children.
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