Millerd "M.J." Thiessen
Millerd Jacob “M.J.” Thiessen departed this life on April 3, 2017 to reunite with the love of his life, Mary Frances “Frankie” Thiessen and his son, Michael Wayne Thiessen. As he repeatedly reminded us “The world is getting cluttered up with old people” so he decided it was time to go.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Mary Thiessen; sisters and their spouses: Rose and Titus Jost; Anne and Dick Baumer; and Louise and Jack White; brother, Howard and Hulda Thiessen and brother-in-law Willard Scobie.
We will cherish the memory of the strong and loving man, husband, father, and grandfather that he was. Left to remember him is his sister Louella Scobie; daughter, Patricia Coffee and her husband, Jerry Coffee; grandchildren, Krista Coffee, Katerina Richardson and her husband, Ryan, Jay Miller, Abbey Miller, LaShonda Mankin and Sommer Mankin.
MJ was born in Reno County, Kansas on January 2, 1927. He was a Mennonite and served as a “Conscientious Objector” at a Tuberculosis Hospital during World War II. He farmed in Kansas until Uncle Sam tracked him down again and requested his service in Korea where he worked as a radio repairman from 1952 to 1954. His best friend, Rudy, waited until he came home and asked him to serve as best man at his wedding. He met the Maid of Honor, Frankie, and that was the start of a beautiful marriage until her death in 2002.
MJ spent most of his working life as a union carpenter on commercial, industrial, and government construction until he retired in 1989.
The family would like to thank those who made his world a better place: the staff at the Bruce McCandless Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home, the staff and customers of Louie’s Place, the staff and customers of the Rose Bud Café and Two Sisters Restaurant, the members of the American Legion Post #25, the membership of the Florence United Methodist Church, and the members of the Florence Senior Center. There were many others too numerous to name that helped Dad continue on after Mom passed away. Thank you for your support when he needed it. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the American Legion Post # 25 scholarship fund or to the Bruce McCandless Veterans’ Home.