Leon Thiel, age 95, of Brenham, Texas, died on August 5, 2021.
Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel, with Pastor Phil Geleske officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery.
Leon was born on September 12, 1925 to Herbert and Ida (Meyer) Thiel in Brenham, Texas. He was baptized in 1925 and confirmed in 1938 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Leon attended Brenham High School, but was not allowed to graduate as he was drafted at age 18 in 1943 and called to serve in the US Army during World War II. Leon fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was taken into eastern Germany as a POW. Liberated in 1945 he returned to Fort Sam Houston where he was hospitalized for more than a year of treatment, eventually returning to his home in Brenham. He was a carpenter and retired custom home builder.
Leon was preceded in death by his parents, wife Nancy (Curtis) Thiel of 67 years, and son Troy D. Thiel.
He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Herbert and Helen Thiel of Brenham, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to his caregivers Pam Charles, Vanessa Harris, Christine Parkison, and Kenneth Porter.
Serving as pallbearers are Wade Petty, Ronnie Lueckemeyer, Terry Petty, Todd Thiel, Mark Thiel, Jerry Kohring and Randy Holtgrave. Honorary pallbearers are Buddy and Judy Krizan, Al and Sam Fox, Marvalyn and Chuck Van Eman, Helen Canada, and the staff of On Deck.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 305 West 3rd Street, Brenham, Texas 77833.
Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, Texas 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.