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Donald James Thiel

07/03/1942 - 08/20/2023
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Donald James Thiel, age 81, passed away, Sunday, August 20, 2023, at his home in Neenah. He was born in Milwaukee on July 3, 1942, to the late William and Sylvia (Hogan) Thiel.

Jim attended a one-room school in Larsen and graduated from Winneconne High School in 1960. He was a natural born musician and had a local rock and roll band in his early years. He owned a Consolidated Gas Station in Winneconne for many years. Eventually Jim moved to Nashville where he resided for over 40 years. He was employed at the Opryland Hotel as their first banquet manager. He ended his working career at Kerr Brothers in Nashville.

Jim was a devoted Christian, serving as an usher at Cornerstone Church in Nashville for many years. He traveled to Russia on a mission trip and a highlight of his life was a journey to Israel and the Holy Land. Currently, Jim was attending Grace Lutheran Church in Winchester where was confirmed many years ago.  

Jim is survived by two daughters, Brenda (Dave) Brusky, Nan (Jeff) Cottrell; grandchildren, Kevin (Jamie) Cottrell, Baylee Cottrell; step-grandchildren, Nick Brusky, Eric Brusky; his siblings, Nancy Armstrong, John (Josephine) Thiel, Betty Deiss, Beverly Wiita, Connie Sauer; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Along with his parents, Jim was also preceded in death by a grandson, Austin Cottrell; his former wife, Barbara Thiel; brothers-in-law, Bruce Armstrong, Roy Deiss, Gary Wiita, and Jerry Sauer.

A private graveside service and burial will be held at the Grace Lutheran Cemetery in Winchester with Pastor Mark Laatsch officiating.

Mueller Funeral Home-Winneconne is assisting the family. If you wish please submit online condolences to muellerfh.net. Any expressions of sympathy may be sent to Mueller Funeral Home 904 E. Main St. Winneconne, WI 54986

Rest in peace dear Jim.

David & Barbara Rozek wrote on August 26, 2023
Our deepest sympathy to the family.

Jean Parise wrote on August 24, 2023
Our sympathies in the passing of your brother. I know he wasn't doing well for some time but it is still really hard when they do pass. May God ease your pain.

Becky Armstrong Ryf wrote on August 23, 2023
Nancy and Thiel family: So sorry to read of your brother's passing. You all have my deepest sympathies.

Betty Deiss wrote on August 23, 2023
I will miss you so much dear brother Jim. All the memories will never be forgotten. Rest in peace ??

Tobe and Arlene Kent wrote on August 23, 2023
We have such great memories of Jim from the old days. Hanging out in his sound proof music room in his house in Winneconne recording music on cassettes. We visited Jim in Nashville and was given the grand tour of singers homes plus listened to him play some of his original music at his Nashville home. Such a talent was Jim… we will miss you but all our memories of you live on..

Lois Wink Jaenke wrote on August 22, 2023
My condolences to you and your family Nancy, Betty, Bev, and Connie. Hang on to all those wonderful memories! ??????

Suzanne Schmoker Sutherland wrote on August 22, 2023
Jim was such a talented and generous person and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. We can take comfort in remembering our happy times spent with him and knowing that he is resting in peace in a better place.