H. Peter “Pete” Theis, age 93, of Delano, passed away Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano, followed by interment with military honors in Calvary Cemetery in Delano.
There was visitation Thursday, Nov. 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. in Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church; and visitation will continue Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. in Martha’s Hall, prior to the Mass.
Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Peter was born Nov. 21, 1925, in Watkins, to John and Bertha (Koll) Theis, the youngest of nine children.
He graduated from Kimball High School in 1943.
After graduation, Pete enlisted in the US Army Air Corps during World War II. He was stationed in Guam as a mechanic in the motor pool, and honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant in 1947.
Pete married the love of his life, Patricia Arnold June 25, 1949, in Watkins. They made their home in Delano. To this union there were three children: Charles, Kenneth, and Jeanine.
After leaving the military, Pete opened his Standard Oil Service Station in Delano, where he worked for 50 years as the owner; then for his son, Ken, who purchased the station.
Pete was an active member of the Delano community. He served with the Delano Volunteer Fire Department for 34 years, and was a member of the local American Legion Post for 70 years.
Pete and Pat were members of St. Peter Catholic Church.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Al, Oscar, Ewald, and Erwin “Aubie,” and sisters Evelyn “Tizzie,” Margaret “Mugzie,” Ann “Diddy,” and Mary Helen “Baldy.”
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Pat; children Charles “Chuck” (Kathy) Theis, Kenneth “Ken” (Judy) Theis, and Jeanine (Scott) Johnson; grandchildren Shannon (Mike) Pruchnik, Katelyn Theis (Ryan Frink), Parker Johnson, and Faith Johnson; and great-grandchildren Elliot and Emmet Pruchnik.