Col. Wilbur J. Thiel

August 12, 1920November 23, 2013

Wilbur J. Thiel was born on August 12, 1920 in Leopolis, Wisconsin and passed away on November 23, 2013 in Columbus, Georgia.


  • Visitation Sunday, December 1, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 2, 2013

Col. Wilbur J. Thiel

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Barry Stein

November 23, 2014

I had a personal relationship with Mike for many years. A better man, a loyal friend, and business associate never lived. Rest in peace old friend.

Col Ben Buckley

January 10, 2014

To Mike's family. Mike was my boss in Vietnam, 1969-70, and has been a dear friend ever since. He was a wonderful man, always a gentleman, and a great soldier-a battlefield hero in WW II and Korea. He was one of a kind. You have my heartfelt sympathy and love for the loss of your father, brother, family member. Ben and Carol

December 16, 2013

You are in our thoughts and prayers.
May you feel God's comfort and loving arms around you, Chanel and family

Jim Kvicala

December 13, 2013

To the Thiel Family,
Please accept my condolences on the passing of Col. Thiel and my family's prayers for your family at this difficult time.
Best Regards,

December 10, 2013

To the Thiel Family.
Our prayers are with you.
Your father/grandfather was a wonderful man.
With Deepest Sympathy-
Eva Tracy and Family

Klaus Perl

December 9, 2013

I met Col. Thiel in 2004, when my aunt Nelly Nearen passed away. I pray for you and your family. We will miss you.

December 4, 2013

To the family of Col. Thiel I send my deepest symmpathy and may God comfort you and Bless you at this heartfelt moment.
Columbus ga

Shirley M Brock

December 3, 2013

To the thiel family,you have my deepest sympathy with prayer that you and your family will have the loving comfort and strength that God will give you all at this time. He will be missed.

Donita Nobles

December 3, 2013

Heartfelt sympathy for the family of Col Thiel. I pray that God will continue to strengthen the family in their time of loss. It was with great pleasure to have know the Col since 1987 at Fort McClellen.
May God continue to shine a LIGHT upon and guide your path.

Richard Clemens

December 2, 2013

As I write this, COL Thiel's funeral is being conducted at Fort Benning. I regret that I
cannot be there, but he and his family are in my prayers. The COL has always been the COL to me. I was his adjutant for the 2nd Student Battalion at Fort Benning from November 1967 to July 1968. To say the least, being the new lieutenant working directly with the COL, was a defining experience for me. Prior to my leaving Fort Benning he wrote a letter to my parents(which I stil have) that was most reassuring to them. I was going to be an Infantry Platoon Leader in Viet Nam with the "Big Red One".
The COL was always a professional(even on the golf course), courteous and caring person. COL Thiel was a family man having eight children. How he loved "Mama". He was totally devoted to his family. Once when we stopped by Columbus to see him, he asked my wife, Janet,"Did I raise him up right for you, Mrs".
I wll never forget the COL and what he has meant to me over the years. We will miss him, but we know that he is wth our Lord and reunited with "Mama".

Rick Clemens