Gerald Earl Thiessen

October 1925 – July 2018

About the Service

Visitation t Allen Mortuary on Friday July 27 from 1 - 7 pm. Funeral also at Allen Mortuary on Saturday at 10 am. 

Gerald was born in Ingalls, Kansas and moved to Hilmar, California in 1936 with his parents and six siblings.  Gerald served in the Army Air Corps in 1944 and served our country in World War II for almost two years. Shortly after his military service, he married Betty Huff and moved to Eureka, CA where their son Gary and daughter Sherri were born. In 1951 they moved to Livingston, CA where their son Ron was born.  The family lived in the area until 1980 when they moved to Incline Village, NV and in the preceding years lived in Reno, NV, Boulder City, NV, Sequim, WA, and their final home in Meridian, ID.

Gerald was deeply loved as a father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is preceded in death by his wife Betty Lou Thiessen; son Ronald Thiessen; siblings Camilla LaChapell, Elmer Thiessen, Doris Pike, Dorothy Cooksey, Helen Thiessen; and parents Jake and Theo Thiessen. He is survived by his son Gary Thiessen and his wife Peggy, and daughter Sherri Fleming and her husband Gary; grandchildren: Steve Thiessen and his wife Sherry, Colby Clark and his wife Carrie-Anne, Shellee Sutton and her husband Eric, CarriAnn Gravitt and her husband Todd; great grandchildren:  Gabe Vera, Auston Sutton, Rebekah Thiessen, Jenna Sutton, Taylor Sutton, Landon Thiessen, Kylie Gravitt, Nolan Clark, Kennedy Gravitt, Taylor Gravitt, and Connor Clark; and his sister Wilma Carson.

Visitation will be held at Allen Mortuary 247 N. Broadway in Turlock on Friday July 27 from 1 to 7 pm. Funeral will also be at Allen Mortuary on Saturday at 10 am.

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Remembrances

  1. To Gerald’s family,
    I stumbled upon your family’s name a few years back as I was researching my own family. Your dad was a descendant of John Jenkins & Martha (Davis), via their son Daniel Jenkins & Joanna B (Austin) and via their daughter Nettie Jane (Jenkins) Cross & Elwin Aaron Cross via their daughter Nora Edith (Cross) Smith and her husband Julius Monroe Smith who were your dad’s maternal grandparents.

    While most of them died before I was even born, I believe that most of them were loving, Christian people. A letter from Elinor Palmer — last remaining sibling of Daniel Jenkins was that of a woman with deep faith. So I’m sure your dad is not only with your mother and brother but also with many generations of ancestors now in heaven.

    I will keep your family in my prayers.

    (Note my blood connection is that Nettie Jane (Jenkins) Cross’s oldest sister was Emma Deete (Jenkins) Click was my gg grandmother.)

  2. Oh Pop, how I miss you already. Feeling so blessed to have spent the last month of your life here on earth with you! Our family was so blesssef to call you Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa, give Mom and Ron our tightest hugs and sweetest kisses. You are loved, you are respected and you are honored.

    Love Sherri

  3. Jesus gave you the desire of your heart, to be with Mom and Ron. You are missed and loved. Until we meet again.

  4. Jesus gave you the desire of your heart, to be with Mom and Ron. You are missed and loved. Until we meet again.

    Love you, Peggy

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