Gary Kenneth Theisen, age 64, of Waverly, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 20, 2017, at his farm with his family by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Sept. 9, 1952, in Watertown, to Kenneth and Delores (Becker) Theisen.
Gary graduated from Watertown High School, and continued his education and athletic career playing football at Valley City State University in North Dakota.
After college, playing fastpitch softball led to his career as a union carpenter for 30-plus years. Beef cattle and crops were another career on Crowrosa Farm in Marysville Township.
Gary loved to attend family events, most of all spending time with his grandchildren. Other passions were hunting, four-wheeling, classic cars, and socializing with family and friends on the farm.
He was united in marriage to Cynthia Peterson Nov. 8, 1975, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Waverly.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Delores; daughter Eve Theisen; brother-in-law Mike Speltz; and father-in-law Wally Peterson.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy (Peterson); children Brooke (Mike) Cebulla, Mitchell (Erika) Theisen, and Tessa Theisen; grandchildren Tyson, Elsa, Cooper, and baby T (on the way); siblings Mark (Cherree) Theisen, Danny Theisen, Lorie Speltz; Michael Theisen (Dawn Demarais), and Lonnie (Marci) Theisen; mother-in-law Arleen Peterson; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, July 22 at 11 a.m. at Church of St. Mary in Waverly. Interment was in the church cemetery.
There was visitation Saturday from 8 to 10:45 a.m. in the St. Mary’s Parish Center.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.