Gary W. Thiems
Gary Thiems Gary W. Thiems, 76, of Edwardsville, Ill., born Thursday, Oct. 19, 1939, in Highland, Ill., died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJC), St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Thiems was a member of Carpenter Local, St. Louis, Mo. He was a former member of Moose Lodge. Gary was born and reared in Highland, Ill. He was a 1957 Highland High School graduate. He attended Carpenter's School. He made Edwardsville, Ill., home in 1969. He worked for John Kraus, Cannon Construction, and started Thiems' Construction in 1972 in Edwardsville and now in Roxanna, Ill. 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 was preceded in death by his parents, Walter W. Anita A., nee Plocher, Thiems. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter W. Anita A., nee Plocher, Thiems. Surviving are his wife, Diann J. Thiems, nee Broniec of Edwardsville, Ill., whom he married Saturday, Sept. 16, 1961, at Evangelical United Church of Christ, Highland, Ill.; sons, Terry L. (Dee) Thiems of Edwardsville, Ill., and Tad W. (significant other, Justina Carroll) Thiems of Edwardsville, Ill.; five grandchild, Tara N. Thiems of Edwardsville, Ill., Taylor L. Thiems of Edwardsville, Ill., Tanya M. Thiems of Edwardsville, Ill., Tianna J. "Tia" Thiems of Edwardsville, Ill., and Tad W. "T.J." Thiems Jr. of Edwardsville, Ill.; and a sister, Rita C. (Dale) Rinderer of Trenton, Ill. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children. Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.spengel-boulanger.com . Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home, Highland, Ill., and from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, Ill. Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, at Evangelical United Church of Christ, Highland, Ill., with the Rev. Christopher W. Hill, Senior Pastor, pastor, Highland, Ill., officiating. Interment will be in Highland City Cemetery in Highland, Ill. SPENGEL-BOULANGER FUNERAL HOME, Highland, Ill.
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