Donald Leander Thiel
June 6, 1934 – April 29, 2021
Donald L. Thiel, 86, of Hillsboro Beach, FL, passed away peacefully in the loving arms of his wife, Judith (Kuzmenko) Thiel, on April 29, 2021. Don battled and beat prostate cancer and lymphoma but ultimately succumbed to lung cancer.
Don was born in 1934 to parents Jacob Thiel and Melania Miller Thiel in the small town of Johnsburg, Illinois. Jacob taught the carpentry trade to his six sons. In 1955 Don and his brother Robert began what would become one of the largest shell construction companies in America, providing tens of thousands of job opportunities in several different states. Carpenter Contractors of America (CCA) was his passion for 69 years. He retired at age 85 in 2020.
He is survived by his wife Judith (Kuzmenko) Thiel, his children Elizabeth (Thiel) Gasparovic, Susan (Thiel) Prince, Kenneth Thiel, Jude (Thiel) Kuipers, Kimberly (Thiel) Dix, thirteen grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and siblings, Robert Thiel, Gerald Thiel, Allan Thiel, and Sharon (Thiel) Dust. He was preceded in death by his son Donald Leo Thiel and daughter Marlene Helen Thiel.
The internment services will be a private family affair.
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Donald Leander Thiel
May 15, 2021
Although it’s been many years since I last saw him, Don’s smile is easy to recall. It’s what I’ll always remember about him. Quick, genuine, and bringing a twinkle to his eyes, his smile let you know he enjoyed life to the fullest. The wonderful photos shared by his family are a testament to this joie de vivre. Treasure the memories for a life well-lived.
May 14, 2021
We called our grandfather Bapa. He did so much in life for us and I am so grateful for what he did for us, and he will be greatly missed. At the breakfast table, I remember him telling us a story about what would of happened when he was younger if he was naughty. “Pick your whip!” Is what his father would say to him. This has stuck with us ever since. ❤️
May 14, 2021
I smiled looking at all the photos and teared up at the end. I have so many fond memories of Uncle Don. He was such a kind, humble and generous man - and consistently so.
My favorite memories of him are just when we had conversations. They were nothing extraordinary, but he always seemed genuinely interested in how I was doing. And then we'd inevitably talk football and basketball.
I am blessed that he was part of my life, for which I will always be grateful. While looking at the photos posted here, I am reminded what a wonderful family he has, and how he was truly blessed. Love & sympathy for Aunt Judy, Betty, Susan, Ken, Juder & Kim, and all the family and friends mourning his loss.
May 12, 2021
So hard to find the words to describe such a wonderful man. Your father was always so generous with everyone that entered his home. We felt so welcomed and part of the family every time visiting the Thiel home. From Epic NYE parties to the 4th to July (where I learned to butter corn on the cob properly from your dad) to birthday parties and more! He is already greatly missed and will always be in your heart. Sending all my love to you all! Sam xoxo
May 11, 2021
Mr. Thiel was the kind of man we looked up to in many aspects of his life, such as his marriage & business life....but he still managed to be humble, down to earth, and always made the effort to chat with us and ask how our families were doing. He was the life of the party at any event we attended and usually outlasted the younger party goers. He had a great sense of humor & was happy to challenge others to a fun game of croquet. We loved him very much and were so lucky to know him thanks to his amazing daughter Kim. He has made a lasting impact on so many lives.
May 6, 2021
Don was one of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He will be greatly missed.
May 5, 2021
I enjoyed every day of work because of Don.He was a very generous man and treated his employees like family.He could’ve closed the doors during the recession but sacrificed to keep his employees. He genuinely cared and I will never forget his generosity. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say we lost a great man.
April 30, 2021
Such good times we had as brothers, I miss you already , much love to Judy and your family .