William John “Bill” Thessen, 92, of Taos, passed away Friday, November 26, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born November 25, 1929, in Taos, Missouri, the son of the late William S. and Walburga (Borgmeyer) Thessen.
He was a 1948 graduate of St. Francis Xavier High School. Following high school, he served in the United States Navy.
He was united in marriage on May 3, 1952, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Jefferson City to Joann Catherine Iven who preceded him in death on August 19, 2017.
Bill was a life-long farmer of the Thessen Century Farm. He also worked for Farm Bureau and Von Hoffman Press.
He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Taos where he served as an usher, the Knights of Columbus in Taos, Osage River Flood Control Association, 4-H Leader, and various farm and cattle organizations.
Bill was an avid pitch and pinochle player and enjoyed a good highball. He liked to waltz and listen to old-time country and big band music. He was also a St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Survivors include nine children, Linda (Steve) Distler, Taos; Kathy (Tony) Rackers, Taos; Cindy (Bill) Cravens, Fulton; John (Bev) Thessen, Taos; Nancy (Denny) Crocker, New Bloomfield; Mike (Susie) Thessen, Dardenne Prairie, MO; Greg (Joanne) Thessen, Indianola, Iowa; Paul (Shelie) Thessen, Dardenne Prairie, MO; Stanley (Angelia) Thessen, Taos; 25 grandchildren, Eric (Julie) Distler, Kim (Joe) Plassmeyer, Cara (Josh) Sandbothe, Kyle (Lauren) Distler, Scott Rackers (Belinda Quimby), Adam (Lindsey) Rackers, Luke (Tonya) Rackers, Jeremy (Jenn) Cravens, Ryan Cravens, Betsy Cravens, Kristin (Matt) Scheppers, Jake (Rebecca) Thessen, Andrew Crocker (Samantha Hopper), Malorie (Levi) Elliott, Emma (Easton) House, Andy Thessen, Ben Thessen, Katie Thessen, Sam Thessen, Jack Thessen, Will Thessen, Lucas Thessen, Adeline Thessen, Sophia Thessen, Magdelyn Thessen; 3 step-grandchildren, Darla (Tom) Skiles, Dustine Green, Daniel (Peggy) Crocker-Jensen; 18 great-grandchildren; 7 step great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Kliethermes, Loose Creek; sister-in-law, Dorothy Thessen, Jefferson City; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister and brother, one brother, Walter Thessen; brother-in-law, Alvin Kliethermes; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Judy Iven; and two nieces, Kelly Thessen and Terri Iven.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home in Jefferson City with a prayer service at 3:30 p.m. Additional visitation will be 9-9:45 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Taos.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with the Rev. Michael Penn officiating.
Burial with military honors will be in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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