James Edward Thiessen, 80, of Hartley, Iowa, succumbed to cancer in the comfort of his own home surrounded by his friends on Friday, February 28, 2020.
James is survived by his one son, Justin Thiessen; only granddaughter, Everly Ann Thiessen; sister, Nora Steehlinger; and best friend, Tim Hilbert. James also leaves behind very special friends: Launa Hilbert, Jayna (Hilbert) Boeve and little Henry Boeve, as well as Shirley “Jani” Hamilton and Kevin and Angie Wachal.
James was born September 22, 1939 in Moneta, Iowa to parents, John Thiessen and Loretta Schroeder. He grew up on a farm with his family just north of Everly, Iowa, where he attended high school. He married Janice Baker on December 18, 1964 at the Methodist Church in Ocheyedan, Iowa. James spent the majority of his life in Hartley, Iowa where he worked as an electrician for over 40 years. James was an avid fisherman, loving grandfather and passionate French Bulldog enthusiast.
Memorial services for James Thiessen will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 8 2020 inside the lodge at Gull Point State Park, 1500 Harpen Street, Milford, Iowa 51351.