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Rev. Louis Theiss

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Rev. Louis Carl Hilpert Theiss, 85, of Perryville, died, Saunday, April 3, 2011, at Independence Care Center of Perry County in Perryville. He was born in Wittenberg, on April 16, 1925, son of the late Paul J. E. and Clara M. (Hilpert) Theiss. He and Marie Anna Klaus were married on June 16, 1951. She survives in Perryville. Rev. Theiss had been a Lutheran minister at several parishes. He began his ministry in 1953. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, a World War II United States Army veteran (European theater) and Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient. He received the Christus Primus Award for Ministry from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich. Parishes Pastor Theiss served were Leader Saskatchewan, Empress and Hilda Alberta Canada. Duff and Fenwood, Saskatchewan, Canada., Jefferson City (Honey Creek), Bay City (Amelith), Mich., Odessa and Correll, Minn. Other survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Rev. John and Maggie Theiss of Brooks, Alberta, Canada, David and Maxine Theiss of Farrar, Rev. Steven and Susan Theiss of Columbia, Ill., Joel and Beth Theiss of Raleigh, N.C.; five daughters and sons-in-law, Rhoda and Rev. David Rempfer of Blairstown, Iowa, Selma and Richard Thole of Perryville, Ruth and Rev. Timothy Rynearson of Brookings, S.D., Dorothy and Jeffrey Albrecht of Imperial, Eunice and Rev. Jose Rodriguez of Kansas City; a brother and four sisters-in-law, Paul H. L. and Helen Theiss of Cape Girardeau, Viola Theiss of Perryville, Caroline Theiss of Glen Ullin, N.D., Elvira Roth of Wittenberg; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Irvin and Grace Klaus of San Antonio, Texas; 28 grandchildren, Elizabeth, Justin, Jeremy, Emmalynn and Joey Rodriguez, Lucas Albrecht, Emily and Amy Theiss, Michael and Sara Rynearson, Becky and Kayla Thole, Samuel (Meagan) Thole, Kristina (Robert) Stell, Paul, J'Nae, M'Leigh (fiance Drew Olsen) and Joel (fiancee Saydi Jimenez) Rempfer, Mark, Philip (Mary) Paul, Steven (Lindsay), Derek, Benjamin, Jared (Heather), Jason (Beth), Joshua (Amy), and Nathaniel (Leah) Theiss, three step-grandchildren, Felicity (Darren) Dykstra, Seadon Rosekat and Miranda (Russell) Pammenter; 13 great-grandchildren, Kaygan and Karlyle Stell, Gerhardt, Hayden, Heinrich, Leah, Elise, Kyle, Alessandra, Luke, Abigail, Grace and Nathaniel Theiss, and five step great-grandchildren, Rowen and Tiernan Pammenter, Hush and Shai Rosekat and Jack Dykstra; and other close extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Gilbert Theiss and Rev. Harry Theiss; grandchildren, Christopher Rempfer, age 13, Jessica Theiss and TJ Rodriguez. Funeral Service for Rev. Theiss will be held at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar on Wednesday, April 6, at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside service provided by the American Legion Post 133 and the MO Delta Team. Visitation will be held at Young & Sons Funeral Home in Perryville on Tuesday, April 5, from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, April 6, from 6:30 - 8:15 a.m. He will then be taken to Salem Lutheran Church for service at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Roger Abernathy officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Saxony Lutheran High School or family preference. Young & Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Perryville, Mo. provided the arrangements.

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