Thursday, May 19, 2016

Walter E. Thiede 33° - Olive Branch

Walt ThiedeIt is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of

Walter E. Thiede, 83, of Lake Zurich, Ill., a former resident of Danville, passed away at Lexington Healthcare Center in Lake Zurich, Ill. on May 15, 2016. Walter was born the son of Arthur and Goldie (Boyer) Thiede on July 8, 1932 in Danville.

Walter married Anne (Collings) on June 16, 1956 and later married Jennie (Dalton) on Aug. 15, 1992. Walt served in the US Army from 1952 until 1955 where he separated from service as a Second Lt.  Walter retired from Danville Metal Stamping, where he held the position of Chief Financial Officer for over 30 years.

Surviving Walter are daughters, Holly (Thiede) Parker, Megan Thiede-Krueger (Jesse); granddaughter, Loryn M. Potter; and niece Jeanine Easley.

Walter is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Willetta E. (Tanner) Downing; brother, Arthur Thiede Jr.; son-in-law Stephen Parker and nephew, Carl Downing.

Walter E. Thiede joined Olive Branch Lodge #38 in 1965, serving as Worshipful Master in 1979. He was a very active and avid Mason. He joined Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite bodies in 1966, where he was the Thrice Potent Master of the Lodge of Perfection from 1981-82. Walter was coroneted a 33rd Degree in September of 1983 in Milwaukee, WI. He also served as Commander-in-Chief for the Valley of Danville from 1986-88. He served for years at Masonic funeral Services , was very active in the Ancient Craft Degree Team and past Chairman of the Speakers Bureau. He was created a Shriner in 1973, and was a past President of Eastern Illinois Shrine Club. Walt was a member of all three York Rite Bodies, which he joined in 1979. Brother Thiede received his 50 year award from both Olive Branch and the Valley of Danville. Other activities include Ansar Shrine of Springfield, The Royal Order of Jesters and Illinois Lodge of Research.

A celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, with a Masonic service beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Danville Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., in Danville. Officiating will be Ed Stone from Bethel Lutheran. Entombment will be held at Spring Hill Cemetery in Danville. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday May 20, at Sunset Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Children's Hospital.

Cards may be sent to his daughter, Holly Parker at  1210 Lismore Ct., Lake Zurich, IL 60047.

Thus ends the record of a just and upright Mason. SO MOTE IT BE!

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