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Sidney R. Thede

February 13, 2019
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Sidney R. Thede, 71, of Waterloo passed away from cancer on Monday, February 11, 2019. Celebration of Life will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls on Saturday, February 16 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Audrey Lukasak officiating. A time of visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 am. Military rites will be conducted immediately following the Celebration of Life by the Reinbeck American Legion Post 242. Burial will be at a later date. Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Sidney was born on February 28, 1947, son of Walter and Ethel (Bern) Thede. He was baptized on June 15, 1947, and confirmed on April 29, 1962, both at the United Church of Christ in Reinbeck, IA. On August 16, 1966, Sidney was drafted into the US Army reporting to Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. On April 21, 2001, he married Kathryn S. (St. John) at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Sidney was raised in Reinbeck; attended and graduated from Reinbeck Community Schools. He retired from John Deere Tractor Works in December of 1997, after 31 years of employment. Sidney is a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 242 of Reinbeck, IA.

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Sidney R. Thede

Sidney loved a great conversation, adventure, traveling, fine dining dinner dates in the city, road trips, picnics, spur of the moment excursions; fishing without a pole, riding his motorcycle, shiny fast convertible cars with the top down listening to 60's music, farmer's markets, Wisconsin's roadside vegetable stands, 10 years of adventures in SE Wisconsin, a good party, card game, food, ice cream and especially going to the races and to the beach.

Survived by: Kathy; Dusty and Chelsey Miller of Shell Rock; Joshua Miller, Brogan and Bronson of Waukee; Philip and Rose Wernert of Galesville, Wisconsin; Jayne Thede (Jack Miller) and W. Scott Thede, from Reinbeck; Kevin & Barb St. John of Shell Rock; Jill (St. John) and Denny Wiegmann of Dumont; Bernita St. John-Wiebke of Allison; several nieces, great-nieces; nephews and great-nephews; and close lifelong friends.

Preceded in death by: his parents; sister, Beryl Ann (Thede) Harberts; father-in-law, Kenneth D. St. John; and a very special family friend, Annabelle Ward.

Memorials: may be directed to Bethlehem Lutheran Church; Cedar Valley Hospice, Waterloo, Iowa; Norway Evangelical Lutheran Church Food Pantry, Wind Lake, Wisconsin; or the family.

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