Obituary: Lowell Dean Thiesen

Lowell Dean Thiesen passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at his home in Newton.

He was born on Aug. 25, 1951, to Adolf and Gladys (Goosen) Thiesen in Wichita.

Lowell spent most of his childhood in rural Marion County on his family’s farm. He attended a one-room schoolhouse for elementary school, and graduated from Goessel High School in 1969, where he participated in FFA, Hi-Y, basketball, track and livestock judging. He married Marsha Jantz on Oct. 6, 1973, at Zion Lutheran Church in Newton. The couple made their home in Newton and had two children.

He worked for Jantz and Woolery as a journeyman plumber, before starting Thiesen Plumbing in 1988. Lowell was a master plumber, and was well-respected and trusted throughout Newton and the surrounding communities. Lowell was an avid hunter and was a lifetime member of Ducks Unlimited. He was past president of the Kansas Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association. Lowell was active as chairman of the Trustees at Zion Lutheran Church and served the church in many capacities.

Lowell loved spending time with his family, especially his four young grandchildren. He will long be remembered for his friendly demeanor, helpful spirit and clever, sometimes ornery sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife Marsha of Newton; son Adam (Emily) of Sugar Land, Texas; daughter Adena of Wichita; brother Robert (Donna) of Newton; sister Mayleen (E. Lee) Vinson of Haysville; sister Joyce Booth of Newton; and grandchildren Rex and Cecil Connelly of Wichita, and Eleanor and Henry Thiesen of Sugar Land, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Family visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Zion Lutheran Church, 225 S. Poplar, Newton. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 9, at Zion. Private family interment will be at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Ducks Unlimited or Zion Lutheran Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home, 215 N Main, Newton, KS 67114.

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