Randolph A Thiel
Jan. 6, 1923 - Jan. 23, 2016
Randolph A Thiel
Randolph A. “R.A.” Thiel, age 93, of Chilton, died on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, surrounded by his family. He was born January 6, 1923 in Fond du Lac, son of the late Andrew “Col. A.J.” & Florence (Bargenquast) Thiel. He married Armella M. Gerhartz on May 15, 1943 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Stockbridge.
Shortly after marriage, R.A. served in the United States Merchant Marines from 1944-1945. After completing his service, R.A. settled outside Hilbert and began raising his family and establishing himself in the family business. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Hilbert, VFW Post 3153 and American Legion Post 125 in Chilton, the Knights of Columbus, the National & Wisconsin Auctioneers Associations, and the Wisconsin Real Estate Association.
R.A. lived a long and storied life in which his living presence was larger than life itself. The ambition he showed and the knowledge he possessed garnered people’s admiration and respect in all he did. He held a very strong work ethic and loved every moment he spent working when he owned and operated Thiel Real Estate and Thiel & Thiel Auctions.
In his time away from work, R.A. loved to go hunting; he had an eagle eye, spotting game before everyone else and made shots no other hunter could comprehend. He also enjoyed many of the finer things in life; things like good food, good wine and good times. The best three things in his life were being married to Armella, traveling to 109 locations throughout the world with her, and working in the Auction & Real Estate Business for 58 years.
Survivors include his children: Jerry Thiel, Jack (Vicki) Thiel, Tom Thiel & his fiancée Maggie; 5 grandchildren: Dori (Tim) Duchow, Brad (Dawn) Thiel, Kendall (Cindy) Thiel, Tamara (Nick) Geiser, Miranda Thiel; 12 great grandchildren: Kale, Keaton, Ashley, Brittney, Andrew, Alisa, McKenzie, Brady, Carliann, Lukas, Bennett & Ella; 4 great-great grandchildren: Lyden, Oliver, Magnolia & Jayden; and his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Lula Schoen, Ruth Gerhartz, Bernita Perry, Marvin (Phyllis) Gerhartz, Lyle (Betty) Gerhartz, Donna Commerford and Mary Jane Gerhartz. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
R.A. was preceded in death by his parents; his wife: Armella; a daughter: Jane Thiel; and a sister: Elaine (Ralph) Daul.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Friday, February 5, 2016 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Hilbert with the Rev. Michael Betley officiating. Friends may call at the church from 9:00 am until 10:45 am on Friday, February 5, 2016
A memorial fund has been established in the name of Randolph A. “R.A.” Thiel.
Randy was a true gentleman and was a a joy to take care of years ago when we was with us. May God bless you during your time of sorrow.
Cathie Swartout RN (Calumet Medical Center Night Shift Nurse) - Feb. 7, 2016
We have so many wonderful memories of the whole Thiel family while we were in Hilbert. Armella & Randy always made us very welcome in the community as well as at their home. We were truly blessed by knowing them, Jerry, Jane and the younger boys as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We are sorry we can't be there to show are respects but are in Arizona for the winter. Bev (Sis) and John Stock
John & Bev Stock (Friends) - Jan. 31, 2016
He was a gentle giant, our family enjoyed both Randy and Armella. Remember all the good times!
Paul and Muriea Jaeckels (Friends) - Jan. 27, 2016
My sympathy and prayers to all Randy's family..
mary criter - Jan. 25, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I always remember Randy from the years at the State Bank and many years ago Randy and Armella stopped here in Abilene to say hello and Rod and June were here too!
diane Schmahl (friend from Chilton) - Jan. 25, 2016