John F. Thiel, Age 63 of Grand Rapids, MI was lifted up into Heaven on January 15, 2014. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kimberly Thiel on July 10, 2013, his mother, Margaret and father, Walter Thiel. He is survived by his wife, Linda of Grand Rapids; his son, Joe (Lindsey) Thiel of Grand Rapids Township; brothers, Jim, Bob (Peggy), Dan, and Tom Thiel; sister, Mary (Scott) Usadel; sister-in-law Denise (Jim) Meier; close cousins, Judy (Chad) Ball, Marlene (Danny) Pruitt, and many nieces and nephews. John was expecially proud of his children’s accomplishments and lived an active lifestyle, enjoyed playing golf, biking, and being outdoors. He always looked forward to the many winters he spent in warm, sunny Florida. He was an avid sports fan and loved watching the Detroit Tigers, Lions, and Notre Dame football. He was actively involved at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans serving as a minister of Holy Communion in their Catholic Chapel. John is a proud veteran of the United States Army and Navy. Visitation will be at O’Brien Gerst Funeral Home, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE on Sunday, January 19, 2014 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Alphonsus Parish, 224 Carrier St., Grand Rapids MI on Monday January 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Pat Grile CSsR, presiding.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 3000 Monroe NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505.