Robert “Bob” James Thiele was born on June 27, 1937 to Fred and Emma (Mueller) Thiele in Oshkosh, WI. He graduated from Oshkosh High School and got his Associate Degree at Northcentral Technical College. He married Karen Sue Broderick on October 10, 1964, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Oshkosh.
Bob and Karen moved to the Wausau area in 1972, where he was employed as a meat and food inspector for the State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture for many years. He attended sporting events that his boys, Shawn and Troy, were involved in, was a great cook, yard care expert, floral arrangement enthusiast, and volunteer for the Lions organization.
Bob spent his life serving his Lord and was a faithful member of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Schofield. There, he served on the Evangelism and Education Committees as well as the School Board; worked the evangelism booths at numerous Wisconsin Valley Fairs; helped Karen with her many duties on Altar Guild and Sunday School; participated regularly in Men’s Club outings; and was a fixture behind the grill any time a brat fry or annual picnic occurred. Bob will be most remembered as a devoted friend to many and he will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched.
Bob passed away at Aspirus Hospital Palliative Care Unit on Monday, June 20, 2022, just shy of his 85th birthday. Bob is survived by his sons Shawn (Alecia) Thiele of Platteville, WI and their children, Colin & Natalie and Troy (Lissa) Thiele of San Jose, CA and their son, Skyler; his brothers; Leroy (Elaine) Thiele and Dan (Holly) Thiele. He was preceded in death by his wife, Karen, his brother Douglas Thiele, his sisters-in-law Debbie Thiele and Lois Buehring, and his brother-in-law Adrian Broderick Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 24, 2022 at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1351 S. Grand Ave., Schofield. Rev. Kevin Schnake will preside. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Interment will be at Lake View Memorial Park in Oshkosh on Monday, June 27, 2022 at 11am.
Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.brainardfuneral.com.