Frederick A. “Freddie” Thiel, age 59, of Blakeslee, Ohio, passed away at 7:25 A.M. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at Genesis HealthCare-Bryan Center in Bryan, Ohio, after an extended illness. He was a 1977 graduate of Edon High School and the Four County Auto Body Program and was currently owner of James Thiel Sales and Service in Blakeslee, where he had worked alongside his father and partner for many years. His memberships included St. Joseph Catholic Church in Blakeslee and Knights of Columbus Council #3883 in Blakeslee. He was a former member of the Blakeslee Fire Department and was a fireman for races at Michigan International Speedway for many years. Freddie was an avid bowler, bowling with the K of C for many years, was the coordinator of the “Little Chicago” canoe trip for thirty-nine years and he enjoyed cooking on the grille entertaining friends on Saturdays at his shop.
Frederick A. Thiel was born on January 23, 1959, in Montpelier, Ohio, the son of James A. and Rosalie E. (Hug) Thiel. Survivors include his mother, Rosalie Thiel, of Blakeslee; one brother, Ted Thiel, of Edgerton, Ohio; four sisters, Debbie (Paul) Green, Jr., of Edon, Dee (Chuck) Bowers, of Bryan, Dar Thiel, of Blakeslee, and Sherry (Rex) Branham, of Edon; nine nephews and nieces, Jamie (Buddy) Harris, Crystal Bowers, Jessica (John) Baker, Jacob (Alisha Mercer) Joice, Victoria Green and Rosie, Jesse, Jimmy and Eli Branham; and four great-nephews and nieces, Austin, Blake and Madison Baker and Jace Joice. He was preceded in death by his father and a great-niece, Brooke Lalah Baker.
Visitation will be held on Monday, February 26, 2018, from 4:00-8:00 P.M. in the Krill Funeral Home, Edon, with recitation of the rosary at 8:00 P.M. in the funeral home. Services will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at 10:30 A.M. in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Blakeslee with Father Frederick Duschl officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Blakeslee.
Memorials are requested to Blakeslee Knights of Columbus Council #3883. To sign the online register or to send condolences, please visit www.krillfuneralservice.com.
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