Jerome Lawrence Thelen was born May 1, 1927 at Parkston, SD to Edward and Anna (Germscheid) Thelen. He grew up and attended schools in Parkston, SD. He served in the US Army and was stationed in Japan. On January 7. 1964, he married Colleen Ekle in Sioux Falls, SD. They farmed in the Alexandria area. He continued to farm until his retirement in 1998. Following his retirement, he moved into Mitchell, SD. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
Jerome is survived by his wife, Colleen; five children: Dennis and wife, Debra, Alexandria, SD, Diane and husband, Marcel Weitzman, Mitchell, SD, Karen and Kimberly Thelen, both of Sioux Falls, SD, and Sondra and husband, Philip Knudson, Sioux Falls, SD; five grandchildren: Jessica, Dylan and Kayla Weitzman and Amber and Andrea Thelen; one brother, Virgil Thelen, Mitchell, SD; two sisters: Berniece Wedmore, Belle Plaine, IA, Marion Hartman, Sioux Falls, SD; a sister-in-law, Shirley Thelen, Mitchell, SD and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Hilda Schoenfelder; one brother, Victor Thelen; three brothers-in-law: Sylvester Schoenfelder, Gideon Hartman and Dick Wedmore; and a sister-in-law, Viola Thelen.