Jerome Lawrence Thelen


May 1, 1927 - January 4, 2009




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.



Wednesday, January 7, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Thursday, January 8, 2009
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1412 West Cedar
Mitchell, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Van Axley & Family on January 10, 2009
Jerome was in Japan with my Dad.
Dad thought alot of him.
He will be missed.
Posted by Julie Fitzpatrick on January 7, 2009
Karen, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I pray that God will comfort you, your mother and the rest of the family. I know all too well this is a difficult time, just know that if you rely on God He will bring you all through this. I am here for you 24/7 and NEVER forget that. Love you lots and God bless you and your family
Posted by Milton & Lovella Schrader on January 6, 2009
When we were in the radio & TV business in the late 1950's Jerome was a neighbor living just SW of us and he purchased a tractor radio from us. Seems like we always crossed paths while farming and later met Jerome & Colleen at Co-op meetings, and several times at the Pizza Ranch. We will miss him but know he is in God's hands. We extend our sympathy to the Thelen family. God bless you all.

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