Kenneth Nicholas Theobald, 69

Published 9:04 am Monday, November 1, 2010

Kenneth Nicholas Theobald, 69, of Stacyville died at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010 at Mitchell County Regional Health Center, Osage.

Kenneth Nicholas Theobald was born on Dec. 5 1940, in Stacyville, to Carl and Irma (Durben) Theobald. Ken graduated from Visitiation High School in 1959. He was a member of the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. His favorite past-times growing up included playing sports, fishing, driving and spending time with friends.

After high school, Ken enlisted in the Army. He attended basic training at Fort Hood, Texas and then spent 19 months stationed in Fort Richardson, Alaska as a memeber of the 23rd Battle Group, Second Armored Division. After being discharged from the Army, Ken returned to Stacyville to join his dad, Carl and brother, Glen in the family business.

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Ken worked in parts and sales at Theobald Implement Co. until 1985. At that time, Ken and his son, Todd, started Theobald Custom Manufacturing where Ken worked until his retirement in 2005.

During his time in sales, Ken told many stories, traveled many miles and met hundreds of great people, many of whom he kept in touch with throughout his lifetime. Ken loved fishing, hunting, playing cards, making others laugh, traveling and spending time with his family. Later in life, Ken enjoyed family gatherings, visits with friends, tending to his flowers in the backyard, feeding the birds and time spent on the Gulf Coast.

Ken met Ann Hebert of Caspian, MI at St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Rochester and the two were married on July 17, 1965 at St. Cecelia’s Church in Caspian, MI.

Ken is survived by his wife, Ann; four children: Todd (Julie) Theobald of Osceola, WI; Lynn (Phil) Baldus of St. Ansgar, Iowa; Amy (Chris) May of Parkersburg, Iowa; Jill (Rusty) Theobald of Denver, Iowa; special members of the family, Christel (Sebastian) Wassmann of Gottingen, Germany; grand-children: Chantal Wilson; Theo and Kira Baldus; C.J. and Nicole May; Austin and Jaylee Fromm; one great-grandaughter, Savannah Wilson; sister, Helen Hemann of Austin; brothers: Glen Theobald of Lake City ; Roger Theobald of Elkhorn, NE; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Irma Theobald; his in-laws, Dominic and Lorraine Hebert; brothers, Robert and Roy Theobald and his brother-in-law, Willie Hemann.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Visitation Catholic Church, Stacyville, with Rev. John Moser officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Visitation Cemetery, Stacyville. Schroeder and Sites Funeral Home, St. Ansgar, is in charge of arrangements: 641-713-4920.

Through his death, Ken will help others through the donation of his body to the Mayo Clinic. His laughter and smile will be greatly missed.