Leonard Edward Thumann

July 5, 1926 - March 12, 2012

Leonard Edward Thumann died peacefully at age 85 on Monday, March 12, 2012, at the Three Pillars Masonic Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Dousman. He was born July 5, 1926, in Milwaukee, to John and Walburga (Kuehnlein) Thumann.

He graduated from Boys Tech School and then went into the U.S. Army and fought in Japan. He served in Company B, 3186 Signal Service Battalion, 27th Division as a tech 4 (sergeant) and also a sharpshooter w/ M-1 rifles from 1944 to 1946. He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Operations ribbon with one Bronze Battle Star, Army of Occupation of Japan Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Combat Infantry honors.

He worked for Lindberg Heavy Duty as product manager in induction melting and as an electrical engineer. He continued his education at Milwaukee Institute of Technology, MSOE and the University of Wisconsin, and also at the Berlitz School of Language for Italian and German.

He married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Ruth Hoffmann, on July 12, 1947, at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. They had three children: Patti, Bonnie and Gary. Leonard loved collecting stamps, watching Westerns on TV and playing golf.

Leonard is survived by his wife, Shirley; his three children, Patricia (Les) Stelling, Barbara Shuey and Gary Thumann; his eight grandchildren, Amy (Casey) Collins, William Stelling, John (Leslie) Stelling, Andrew Stelling, Laura (Paul) Jensen, David Shuey and Ben and Nick Thumann; and his great-grandchildren, Annika Stelling and Baby ? Collins. He is also survived by many nephews, nieces, other family and dear friends.

We want to thank all of the staff (our angels) who cared for Leonard at Three Pillars Compass Point, Riverside Lodge memory unit and the Masonic Healthcare Center. We also thank the Seasons Hospice staff who helped with his care, especially toward the end. He received such loving care. The family thanks the Milwaukee Alzheimer’s Association for their support and teaching us about Alzheimer’s disease. God bless you all.

Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, with a service following at 2:30 p.m. at the Three Pillars Ewald Chapel, Village on the Square, 375 Highway 67, Dousman. Interment will be at 9 a.m. Monday, April 9, at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 21731 Spring St., Union Grove.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Leonard’s name to the Milwaukee Alzheimer’s Association, 620 S. 76th St., Milwaukee, WI 53214 (or are appreciated.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 827-0659 or visit to view the online obituary or leave condolences.