OBITUARY

Bert M Thieme Sr.

May 7, 1934March 5, 2019
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Bert Maurice Thieme, Sr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

Bert was born on May 7, 1934 in San Antonio, Texas to Berthold and Ruby (Lucas) Thieme. His family moved to Corpus Christi in June of 1941. He graduated from W.B. Ray High School in 1952 and attended Del Mar College.In 1951, he met the love of his life, Mildred Gruben. They met while they were employed for H.E. Butt Grocery Company in Corpus Christi, Texas. He gave her a ride home from work, which led to their first date and many dates thereafter. At one point in 1952, they had 99 dates in a row. They married on October 18, 1952 at Cross Roads Baptist Church in Rotan, Texas. They spent the next 64 years of their marriage in Corpus Christi, where they raised their 3 children: Larry, Bert Jr. and Sandra. They instilled Christian values in their children by reading the Bible and spending time in prayer. Their family was very active and involved in their local church and all three children accepted Christ as their Savior. Bert and Mildred relocated to San Antonio, Texas in January of 2017. They have been members of Shearer Hills Baptist Church since that time.

Bert loved people. He invested many years in young people’s lives and often took them under his wing and mentored them. He taught Bible study classes, was a dedicated choir member, and an active deacon for 37 years. He used his gift of service and quietly performed many acts of kindness. He was a member of Gideons International and gave many Bibles out over the years. His last mission work was at Heartland Nursing Care Facility where he gave a Bible to every resident and staff member. He was also known to walk around at night handing out candy and water bottles to the nurses as a treat. He was so appreciative of their kindness and care and let them know every single day. Bert was a gifted storyteller and loved to make people laugh. He did skits and parodies on many occasions at his church. He loved animals and rescued many cats and dogs through the years. He would always tell Mildred he would “find them a good home”, but we all knew he would end up keeping most of them! Bert worked for H.E. Butt Grocery Company for 32 years, he was later a partner in Coastal Bend Communications, several food brokerage firms and Corpus Christi Produce Company. He served in the Texas State Guard 301st Battalion Military Police for 20 years and retired as a Lt. Colonel. He was a Texas Peace Officer (Reserve) in Nueces County for 10 years. Bert served in many civic capacities throughout his life including the Calallen Independent School Board for 12 years, Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Business Association in Corpus Christi and the Corpus Christi Buccaraders Parade Association for over 50 years, just to name a few.

The most important thing in Bert’s life was his relationship with Jesus Christ. He shared his faith every opportunity that he had. He lived out his faith on a daily basis and led many people to trust Jesus as their Savior. Bert was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Jewel and Melvin. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mildred, two sons: Larry Thieme (wife Karen); Bert Thieme, Jr both of Corpus Christi; and daughter Sandra Bradbury (husband Gerald) from San Antonio. Sisters-in-law: Evelyn Thieme, Carol Edwards, Loneta Williams, Velma Thieme, and Brother-in-law, Laveral Gruben (wife Alice), numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of friends. Bert and Mildred had 8 grandchildren: Michael Thieme (wife Sarah); Brian Thieme (wife Amber); Johnny Thieme (wife Sasha); Greg Thieme (wife Theron); Sarah Speegle (husband Zachary); Mark Bradbury; Joshua Thieme; and Katherine Thieme. The couple also shared 14 great-grandchildren: Olivia Kies, Bode Thieme, Brynlee Thieme, Brylee Thieme, Elijah Williams Thieme, Saniya Williams Thieme, Braylynn Williams Thieme, Julianna Thieme, Liam Thieme, Mikaela Speegle, Elijah Speegle, Josiah Speegle, Samuel Speegle and Talitha Speegle. Bert loved his family tremendously and he and Mildred prayed for them individually every day. Pallbearers are his grandsons: Mike Thieme, Brian Thieme, Johnny Thieme, Gregory Thieme, Mark Bradbury, Joshua Thieme, and Zachary Speegle.

Services

  • Family Receiving Friends Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • Family Recieving Friends Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, March 15, 2019
REMEMBERING

Bert M Thieme Sr.

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Sandra and Gerald Bradbury

March 14, 2019

Dad,
We are so thankful to have had you in our lives. You were a wonderful Dad, Grand-Dad and Great Grand-Dad. You were a constant source of love and encouragement. You set a great example of what it means to be a Christ follower. For that, and so much more, we will be forever grateful to God.

Love,
Gerald and Sandra

Sarah Speegle

March 14, 2019

I loved Granddad very much! Some of my favorite memories of him include him always taking pictures of us. I'll always remember him telling us to not change our clothes immediately after church because he wanted to take pictures of us first. I'm glad we have those pictures today. He loved watching westerns, especially John Wayne in "his chair". That was HIS chair and HIS chair alone! As little kids, we would play with him by getting in it and waiting with an anxious giggle for him to "come get us" for getting in his chair. Many laughs were shared over this! Many summers growing up, I would spend a week at a time with Grandmother & Granddad. On Fridays, Granddad would go to have coffee with some of his friends in the morning. I always wanted to go with him and eat breakfast too. It was a very special time for me. Too numerous to mention are the memories of him and Grandmother coming to birthdays, concerts and other special events. They always made us feel special and loved by just being there. Granddad would buy me little mementos and small toys from time to time. He always lovingly wrote "Love, Granddad" on the bottom or back of whatever he gave me. I love you too Granddad!

Tommy and Peggie Lewis

March 12, 2019

Dear Family,
Our sincere condolences go out to Aunt Mildred and all the Thieme families. Uncle Bert was such a kind man and always treated us as a special part of his family. I know he will be missed but we all know he is gazing into the eyes of his Lord and Savior. As you lay him to rest we will be welcoming a new grandson. We only pray that one day all our grandchildren will leave such a wonderful legacy. Know that even though we will not be present physically, we will be with all in spirit. Hug our sweet Aunt Mildred. God bless you all.

Love,
Tommy and Peggie Lewis

Jan Hughes

March 12, 2019

To the Thieme family,
My heart is so heavy knowing exactly how you feel with the loss of Bert. May all your special memories give you strength today and the days that follow. Christ welcomed home a faithful servant that will suffer no more! Prayers for all!!
Much love,
Jan
Lubbock, Texas

Sue Hartley

March 12, 2019

Oh Bubba I can't believe that both you and Melvin are gone. Even though I was a "damned Yankee" your family made me feel so loved. I can still hear your Dad calling "War Dept. calling" when Larry called on duty nights and helping Melvin with his homework. Then there was always gingerbread waiting when you and Larry closed HEB. We were so honored when you named your first born Larry!! Mildred know you are so going to miss your life partner but your kids with see you through. My deepest love and sympathy to you across the miles, Sue

Donna Cann

March 8, 2019

Bert—we called him Bubba—was a good, kind man. He loved and was very proud of his family. My mother was his aunt, and he visited with her almost every day before she passed away. He was fighting his own battles with his health, but he took the time to visit and pray for her. He kept in touch with us after her passing, and we appreciated him so much. Our family is praying for Mildred and family. Love you.

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