Donald C. “Bill” Thessen, 89 of Albion, NE passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Albion, NE.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the United Methodist Church in Albion, NE, with Rev. Larry Barbary officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery at Albion with military rites conducted by American Legion Post 162 and VFW Post 736 of Albion. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday at Levander Funeral Home in Albion.
Donald Carl Thessen, son of Richard and Elsie P. (Holliday) Thessen, was born July 24, 1925 at Gandy, NE. He attended school at Ansley Public Schools and graduated from Ansley High School in 1944. On October 7, 1943, he entered the United States Navy and served during WWII as a Radioman 3rd Class in the Pacific Theatre of operations, until being honorably discharged on April 22, 1946.
Bill married Vivian Louise Barrett on December 25, 1949 at Broken Bow, NE. To this union two girls were born, Susan Thessen Gragert and Karen Thessen Hagemann. They moved to Ansley and back to Broken Bow before moving to Albion in 1966, where they made their home. Bill then worked as an Area Division Service Representative for Kansas-Nebraska Gas Company for 32 years before retiring in 1987. He then worked part-time as a building inspector. His wife Vivian passed away January 17, 2005.
On February 11, 2006, Bill married Violet Valeria Klug at the United Methodist Church in Albion. They continued living in Albion the past 9 years.
Bill was a member of the American Legion, VFW and DAV, Amateur Radio Club and Albion Country Club, where he loved to golf. He loved bowling, traveling and volunteering for the food pantry. After retiring, he spent many hours restoring and collecting antique clocks, of which he has many to pass down to children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Violet of Albion; two daughters: Susan (Dan) Gragert of Albion; Karen (Jerry) Hagemann of Albion; one step-daughter: Marilyn (Wayne) Rushing of Boise, ID; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Bonnie Blackmore of Cottage Grove, OR; SaDonna Richardson of Lexington, NE; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife Vivian, his parents Richard and Elsie Thessen, baby brother Bobbie Lee and brother Rolland.