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John Thoele

John Thoele

Tuesday, November 30th, 1937 Sunday, November 1st, 2020

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Obituary

Obituary for John Henry Thoele

John H. Thoele

John Henry Thoele, 82 of Kansas City, MO passed away on Sunday, Nov.
1, 2020 at his home after a sudden detection and brief battle with cancer. Private family services to follow at a later date with burial in Leavenworth Veteran’s Administration National Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS. John was born on Nov. 30, 1937 in the Monticello Township of Johnson County, KS. John graduated from Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, KS in 1955 and then joined the U.S. Army serving in Japan and Korea. John owned and operated a service station in De Soto, KS in the 1960’s. Over the years he also worked as a supervisor at several manufacturing plants including Gustin – Bacon Manufacturing and General Supply and Leasing in Armourdale of Kansas City, KS where he met his current wife in 1977. He retired from National Envelope Corporation after over 25 years of employment. He was a daily volunteer at the Hillcrest Thrift Shop in Kansas City North working as a proprietor of the Pet Department - inspired by his love of animals especially his beloved little Yorkie, Sophie Tucker. John loved and was proud of donating his time to an organization that helps people get back on their feet. Being a K.C. Chiefs fan provided great enjoyment for him and he liked putting in a vegetable garden each year with his grandchildren’s help. He was a wonderful carpenter and a handy craftsman remodeling, rehabbing and upgrading his home throughout the years.

John was a man of great faith who lived what he believed, always trying to do the right thing and always willing to lend a hand. Anyone who knew him, loved him. He loved to make people smile by teasing and telling wordplay jokes. He was the best husband, dad, grandpa/papa and will leave a huge void in the lives of many. Simply put, he was one of the original good guys.

John is preceded in death by two great grandchildren and survived by his wife of 41 years Carolyn Thoele of the home. He also leaves behind five children Larry Thoele and his wife Brenda of Kansas City, MO; John H. Thoele, II of Houston, TX; Ken P. Thoele of Edwardsville, KS; Aaron M. Thoele and his wife Jennifer of Elk Grove, CA and Holly D. Spotz and her husband Ryan of Liberty, MO. One brother George Thoele of Springdale, AR and three sisters Dorothy Geniuk of Olathe, KS; Marie Rabenau of Kansas City, KS and April Pulley of Paola, KS. Nine grandchildren Patrick, Jessica, Lawrence, Brendan, Carson, William, Stella, Pierce and Sarah, and five great grandchildren as well as his close friend and mother in law, Rosalie Barnes.

In lieu of floral arrangements, the family requests your consideration of donating to www.venmo.com/Carolyn-Thoele to cover funeral and other immediate expenses resulting from the unexpected loss of our dear father and husband.

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    Leavenworth National VA Cemetery
    150 Muncie Road
    LEAVENWORTH, KS
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Private Family Graveside Service to follow at a later date

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Bill & Sandy Fry

Dear Carolyn,
We want to offer are deepest sympathy to you and all of the kids. This was such a shock and yet we all know that this day is coming to all of us. It was just too soon for John. When you guys came to a Thoele family reunion, a wedding, or a funeral, I always would seek out a conversation with Johnny for my own selfish reason. That reason was that he always made me feel good just to be around him and talk to him. His greeting had that smile all over his face that said more than any words; he was really happy to see me. We all will miss seeing him.
Bill and Sandy Fry
Comment | Posted at 09:11am via Condolence
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Evelyn Adkins

Carolyn we are so sorry for your loss. I know you will all miss him so much. With deepest sympathy to your family.
Evelyn & Flavious Adkins
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Michael Irvin

I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He is now in a perfect body of light feeling no pain, no suffering. John was one of the good guys leaving a legacy of love and generosity. I feel honored to have known him.
Comment | Posted at 11:13pm via Condolence
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Linda Schneider

Carolyn I am so sorry to hear you lost John. There just are no words. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Comment | Posted at 10:39pm via Condolence
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connie thoele

CAROLYN, I AM SO SORRY, HE WILL BE MISSED, I AM SORRY ABOUT THE BIRTHDAY CARD, I WANTED HIM TO HAVE IT. JUST TO LET HIM KNOW WE WERE THINKING OF HIM AND PRAYING FOR HIM.WE ARE HERE IF YOU NEED ANYTHING. LOVE YOU ALL. CONNIE AND FAMILY
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