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October 01, 1927 – Monday, January 21, 2019

Service Information
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie
Friday, January 25, 2019
11:00 AM

Visitation Information
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie
Thursday, January 24, 2019
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Roland William Thiel, age 91, of Lester Prairie passed away on Monday morning, January 21, 2019 at St. Mary’s Care Center.

He was born on October 1, 1927 in Winsted Township, McLeod County the son of Gustav & Hulda (Paul) Thiel. Roland grew up in Bergen Township.

Roland was baptized by Pastor Schert and confirmed by Pastor Vomhof at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Bergen Township. His confirmation Memory verse was Psalm 143: 10 Teach me to do the will for thou art my God. Let thy good spirit lead me on a level path.

He attended school at St. Peter’s Parochial School.

He worked many various jobs and in 1943, he drove can milk truck. In 1946, he bought his own truck for milk hauling. He later transitioned to bulk milk. In 1985, Roland was out of the milk hauling business.

On October 9, 1947, Roland Thiel and Evangeline “Vangie” Ernst were united in marriage. God blessed their marriage with five daughters.

In 1975, Roland bought a school bus company from Louis Jenneke for Lester Prairie and Winsted school districts. He continued to operate the bus company until 1995.

Following his retirement, Roland did some charter bus driving for New Ulm Travel and continued to help out at Prairie Bus Service.

He loved to spend time driving around and seeing many places, watch Minnesota Twin’s baseball games and his grandchildren grow up.

He was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Roland also served on The Lester Prairie Fire Department from 1962-1988. He belonged to The Lester Prairie Lions Club and was on The Lester Prairie City Council.

Survived by his loving daughters: Sue (Jim) Noerenberg of New Germany, Shirley Baumann, Sandra Fiecke, Sheila (Jim) Parpart all of Lester Prairie and Sharon (Mark) Kottke-Nelson of Winsted; grandchildren: Brad (Jill) Noerenberg, Justin (Leanne) Noerenberg and Jason Noerenberg, Rick (Lisa) Baumann, Bryan (Jacque) Baumann, Nathan (Melissa) Baumann and Tim (Lynn) Baumann, Matthew (Jessica) Kutz, Nicholas (Britani) Fiecke, Angela Parpart, Robert (Amy) Parpart, Charles (Summer) Parpart, Kristin (Ben) Sanderson and Brandon Kottke, special friend Kaylee Langer; twenty great grandchildren:Knoxon Parpart,Tucker Parpart,Landon Panning , Ethen Parpart, Aiden Parpart, Benjamin Sanderson, Alayna Kottke, Brody Kutz, Casey Kutz, Jace Mack, Ellie Noerenberg, Bree Noerenberg, Rylee Noerenberg, Nicole Baumann, Janessa Baumann, Brooke Baumann , Hailey Baumann, Tony Baumann, Ben Baumann and Alex Baumann; sisters-in-law: Dorothy Ernst and Carol (Ernst-Heigl)Bruckschen; other relatives and many friends.

Preceded in death by his loving wife Evangeline “Vangie” Thiel, his parents, parents-in-law Martin & Anna Ernst, a brother Leonard Thiel, sons in law Ronnie Baumann and Larry Kutz, three grandchildren Michael Noerenberg, Melissa Fiecke and Baby girl Kottke and by brothers–in-law Stanley Ernst and Lewis Heigl.

Funeral services for Roland Thiel will be held on Friday, January 25th, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Pastor Eric Nelson will officiate. Special music by Chuck Thiel. Interment will follow at St. Paul’s Church Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 24th, 2019 from 4-7 P.M. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. A Prayer Service will be held at 4:00 P.M. Further visitation will be held on Friday, January 25th one hour prior to services at the church.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Kristin Sanderson, Angie Parpart, Rick Baumann, Justin Noerenberg, Brad Noerenberg, Bryan Baumann,.

Casket Bearers will be Charles Parpart, Nicholas Fiecke, Jason Noerenberg, Brandon Kottke, Matthew Kutz, Bob Parpart, Nathan Baumann and Tim Baumann,.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Sue Senne

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss. Wishing you comfort and peace.

  2. Joan Ernst Pince

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sending my love. Joan


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