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In Memory

Rolland "Bill" Thieben (Thieben) - Class Of 1963

R. J. (Bill) Thieben

R. J. (Bill) Thieben died Thursday, February 7, 1991 at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha at the age of 45.  He was born August 20, 1945, in McCook to Arcle (Toby) and Evelyn (Coady) Thieben.

He was a graduate of McCook High School, McCook Community College, Kearney State College and served in the United States Navy.

He married Linda Crocker November 27, 1968.  He spent 21 years in the Danbury community.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Linda of Danbury; two sons Jamie of Phillipsburg, Kansas and Tracy (Toby) of Oberlin; two brothers, Richard of McCook and Charles of Littleton, Colorado.

Services will be Monday at 10:30 at the Carpenter-Breland Funeral Home in McCook.  Interment will be in the Lebanon Cemetery.  Memorials may be addressed in his name and left at the funeral home.

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04/06/12 04:45 PM #1    

Jamie Renshaw (Renshaw) (1963)

During different phases of my life it seems that I have encountered a special person that completed the fabric of my being. From the third grade through high school graduation that person was Bill Thieben. During that period, for many, it appeared that we were fused at the hips. I have no way of counting the hours that we spent on the Republican River and the lakes and fields surrounding McCook hunting and fishing. After graduation we were separated when Bill entered the Navy and I went off to college. On the day of separation we spent it chasing black bass in the gravel pits South of town. Our last separation, when Bill was having one of his last good days, we spent it stretched out on the dock at Lake Ogallala listening to the breaking waves as clouds drifted overhead. It was a lazy day, it was a wonderful day – for us the only way to say goodbye. Bill was a good son, brother, husband, father, teacher, coach, school administrator and friend – to many the best. He knew early that he would fight the fight with polycystic kidney disease – we had hoped that it would be in his sixties, as it was with his mother Evelyn, and not in his early forties. When infection broke loose Bill would be hospitalized at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha. I am grateful that Louie Burgher was able to break a busy schedule to spend time with Bill - for Bill those were special moments. I am grateful that Jerry Schwarz found time to preside over Bill’s funeral - Bill would have like that. And I am grateful that I was able to spend time with Doug Reid at Bill’s funeral - not knowing that Doug’s funeral was soon to follow. I remind my children and grandchildren that we do not live in a perfect world but that there are perfect moments. Bill and I had many perfect moments. I remember them well. 

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