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Strate Funeral Home

329 East Grand Coulee Ave, Grand Coulee, WA

OBITUARY

Tracy Lee Thiel

October 28, 1954January 27, 2020
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Tracy Lee Thiel (65) peacefully passed away in his Grand Coulee, Washington home Monday, January 27, 2020. Tracy entered this world on Thursday, October 28, 1954 into the South Dakota home of Raymond Frederick & L. Grace Sontron-Thiel. Tracy graduated from Colville High School, Colville, Washington in 1973 where he enjoyed art & painting. While well known as the owner/operator of “Tracy’s Glass & Screen” of Grand Coulee, Washington; Tracy had found great enjoyment for the last few years as a Para Professional with the Lake Roosevelt Schools in Coulee Dam, Washington, where he was loved by both the staff and students of all ages. Until it’s closing in 2019, Tracy was a daily fixture for breakfast and lunch at “Flo’s Café”, once owned by his Aunt Florence “Flo” Storey,. Here Tracy would visit with locals and strangers alike, roll the dice for coffee, discuss area news, fishing, solve world problems and “to no one’s surprise” TALK CARS! One had to only visit with Tracy for a few minutes to know beyond a doubt that Tracy had a passion for cars…particularly “Hudsons” and “Essex’s”. A member of the “Hudson Essex Terraplane Club”, and known across the United States & Canada as an automobile restorer, Tracy was never happier than when he was bringing a classic car back to it’s original glory. Over the years, several of Tracy’s restored vehicles have been on display in museums. One of the lessor known facts about Tracy is that he was a “Movie Star” appearing as an extra in the 1999 film “Snow Falling On Cedars” along with cars Tracy personally owned and restored. Predeceased by both of his parents; Tracy is survived by his brother & sister-in-law: Byron & Sue Thiel of Essex, Great Britain & their family and his half-sister: Gayanna Gillman. “A friend and helper to all, Tracy’s big heart is missed” A Celebration of Tracy’s life will take place at 1:00pm, Saturday, March 14, 2020 in Strate Funeral Home, 329 E. Grand Coulee Ave., Grand Coulee, WA. Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington is assisting the family with services. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at http://www.stratefuneralhome.com for Tracy's family.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Byron Thiel, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Joe Bulion, Honorary Pallbearer
  • William Fitzgerald, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Rudy Zimmerman, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mervin Schmidt, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Bill Kemble, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Kary Byam, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ernie Allen, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 14, 2020

Memories

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Byron Thiel

March 10, 2020

Hello Little Brother. Likely this is the last time I can share a sweet memory. Bullied at home and school I prayed hard for a brother or sister to relieve the pressure on me and what a dramatic time you arrived. On the 24th of October, 1954. Vividly recall the phone ringing just after midnight while a friend was looking after me. Glancing out from the apartment we rented above Coleman,s furniture I could se the large granary at the northwest side of Redfield engulfed in flames which would eventually burn to the ground. Taking the phone from late father Ray he informed me I had a new brother but my grandmother Louisa had died a few minutes before, that Mother Grace was fine with new brother Tracy. Not bullied after that as they needed a live in bsbysitter(they loved bowling and did so three nights a week). Afraid I treated him pretty harsh, but he always forgave me for it though even today it hurts me to think how terrible I treated him. So of course I forgave him when he smashed my collection of models and broke up my valuable coin collection though I,ve never been able to replace them. Can,t wait till we,re together again.

Pat & Lenny Tompkins

March 9, 2020

For the short time we knew him, what an amazing man, so helpful & caring. Stepped right in when asked to help out. We will always be thankful and may you rest in peace.

Byron Thiel

February 29, 2020

Ahh Memorial Day Weekend with kid brother Tracy. We set off bright and early from Grand Coulee in his Lincoln Mark Four. What a ride, like floating on air over Desaulette Pass to Omak where we had a great Car Swap Meet back in 2010 on to Loop Loop Pass then onto scenic North Cascades Pass and then into Cousin Jackie Allen,s house in Marblemount meeting up with cousins Kathy and Rick Allen plus Joyce Allen Mahoney and eventually on to the Tomaskos in Anacortes where I was born. On the Sunday all four of us Tracy, Kathy and Joyce travelled on the ferry to Friday Harbor the first time since 1971 when still stationed at McChord in the USAF. What memories made on a magic weekend and hard to believe it was nearly six years ago.

Deborah (Raker) Iden

February 1, 2020

Tracy always had a good, kind and caring soul. He will be missed by his entire east coast family. Fly with the Angels, Cousin. The Raker and Iden Family's

Byron Thiel

January 30, 2020

Recall a hot August afternoon in 1968 not far from Colville and I was on leave from the Air Force having just finished three gears in West Germany when Tracy and I drove to a private lake to fish for big trout. Those fish were really hungry and we filled our limits in a few hours, the fish so big we struggled to carry them. They tasted really good when we ate them with family and friends.

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Tracy & His Dad 1967

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Tracy & His Dad 1967

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