Daniel J. Thiele, 54, of Birnamwood, passed away in the early hours of July 2, 2020, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital - Palliative Care Unit, after a courageous nine-month battle with cancer.
Dan was an avid trout fisherman and enjoyed living in the country with the Embarass River flowing in his backyard. He was an expert marksman shooting for the Ingersal Club, achieving many trophies and awards.
While at D.C. Everest High School, Dan started his career by flipping burgers at McDonald's. He continued his work career with an apprenticeship in the electrical field with Faith Technologies. After 30 years and many promotions, he became General Superintendent-Industrial Group. We all know how he liked to tell people what to do and how to do it.
Dan enjoyed water-skiing with the Wausaqua Water Skiers along with his three sisters. He was a star jumper. Playing hockey with the Cyclones for two years was another sport in which he excelled and continued that love of the game throughout his lifetime; watching and rooting for the Chicago Blackhawks and others.
He is survived by his son, Nicholas L. Thiele, Eland; mother, Nancy A. Thiele, Wausau; sisters Jane E. Thiele (Mark Fitzke), Wausau, Sara J. Irwin, Wausau, and Rhonda Thiele-Staysniak (Dr. Tom Staysniak), Ringle. He is further survived by his beloved dog, Oscar, and many nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Duane L. Thiele; grandparents; and aunts and uncles.
We will all miss his loving self, his sense of humor, that cute dimple, and awesome cooking. Dan was an outstanding friend, a great mentor, and a loving Christian. He donated his body to the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, as a gift to help others.
A special thank you to Dr. Ahuja and staff for their kindness and compassion in treating this cancer and to the Aspirus Palliative Care Unit for Dan's comfort and Care. You were wonderful. Additionally, thank you to Pastor Dave Mahler of Highland Community Church for God's blessings on Dan and all of us.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 at the Wausau Eagles Club, 1703 S. 3rd Avenue, Wausau. Rev. Dave Mahler will officiate. A reception will follow the service. Please wear comfortable, casual clothing in keeping with celebration of Dan's life. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Dan's name. Brainard Funeral Home - Everest Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.brainardfuneral.com