Lloyd Joseph Theisen, 95

Lloyd Joseph Theisen passed away on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center at the age of 95 years.

Lloyd was born on Nov. 21, 1914 in Hartford to Michael and Genevieve (nee Tescher) Theisen. He moved with his family at an early age to Sentinel Butte, N.D., where he attended school and worked on local farms. He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Service - Coast Guard on Dec. 28, 1942, and served in Boston on a pilot boat, in Florida on beach patrol and on an LST 23, a naval vessel, in the South Pacific until his honorable discharge on Dec. 17, 1945.

Lloyd married Charlotte (nee Zuelsdorf) on May 10, 1941, and settled in West Bend. He worked for a short time at the West Bend Aluminum Co. and then was a purchasing agent for the Gehl Co. for more than 40 years of service and retired at the age of 62 as a buyer for the company.

Lloyd enjoyed sports, namely the Braves/Brewers and of course the Green Bay Packers along with ice fishing with his son and co-worker. He was a member of Fred A. Schaefer VFW Post 1393 and Holy Angel's Catholic Church.

Lloyd is survived by his son Kenneth (Sharon) Theisen of Geneva, Ill., daughter Karen (Mark) Vendl, granddaughters Demaree (Alex) Collier Theisen and Cherise (Justin) Heinz Theisen. He is further survived by his great-granddaughter Mia Alexandra Collier, brother Donald Theisen, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Charlotte his two brothers Edward and Hilbert and his sister Marcella.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at Holy Angelís Catholic Church with Father Nathan Reesman officiating. Interment will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 at Holy Angelís Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church only on Thursday, Dec. 10 from noon until time of Mass at 12:45 p.m.

Memorials are appreciated to Home on the Range (16351 I-94, Sentinel Butte, ND 58654, phone 701-872-3745).

A Special Thank You to the extended family of Therese Oelhafen for their many kindnesses. Therese became Lloydís best friend and constant companion until her death in 2007. After her death, Lloyd continued to be a member of their family; John and Bev Oelhafen, Jim and Carol Oelhafen and John and Cindy Shaske and their families are truly special people.

A Special Thank You to Dr. Eric Weber of Hartford and the staff at Cedar Bay Community and Cedar Community Hospice for their loving care of Lloyd.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. 338-2050/ www.phillipfuneralhome.com.