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Karl Dean Thiel

May 24, 1946 September 4, 2019
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Karl Dean Thiel passed away at his home in Hastings on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Karl was born to Frank and Jeane (Cooley) Thiel on May 24th, 1946 in Norfolk, NE.  Karl was the oldest of Frank and Jeane’s fourteen children.  Karl attended schools in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Karl was a veteran of the Vietnam conflict, serving his country from November of 1965 to November of 1967, being honorably discharged in April of 1971.  Karl operated an armored personnel carrier in Vietnam.  Karl began driving truck with his father at the age of 14.  He was an over the road truck driver, driving 6 million miles accident-free, until his retirement in 2011.  Karl loved family get-togethers and was always the first to offer help when needed.  He will be missed. 

Karl is survived by his sisters, Bonnie LeFevre of Hastings, NE; Cheryl Turner of Westminster, CO; Jane Brennfoerder of Aurora, CO; sisters and brothers-in-law; DeeAnn and Ronald Krysl of Atkinson, NE; Terry and James Nabower of Holstein, NE; and June and Tim Stark of Henderson, NV; brothers, Bill Thiel of Holstein, NE; James Thiel of Holstein, NE; Michael Thiel of Aurora, CO; brothers and sisters-in-law Jerry and Sharon Thiel of Grand Island, NE ; Edward and Cheryl Thiel of Hastings, NE; and Daniel and Monnica Thiel of Wellington, CO; brother-in-law Daniel Klein  of Roseland, NE; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Karl was welcomed in heaven by his parents, sister Fanny Klein, brother-in-law Franklin D. LeFevre, nephews Scott LeFevre, Steven LeFevre and Ryan Thiel.


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