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John Milton Thies 1936 - 2018
Ronald E. “Ron” Schepmann

TOPEKA — John Milton Thies, 82, Topeka, passed away Nov. 10, 2018. He was born July 5, 1936, in Great Bend, Kan. to H.P. (Hody) Thies and Anne Barnes Thies.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Suzanne Foster; and one son, John Alan Thies.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughter, Amy and her husband, Richard Drinon; son, Thomas David Thies and his wife, Stephanie; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

John received his BS and MS degrees from Kansas State University. In 1998, J.M. was honored as an alumni fellow of the Kansas State University College of Business Administration. 

Funeral mass will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 at Prince of Peace Parish, St. Patrick Catholic Church, 4100 Broadway, Great Bend. Private interment will be at Great Bend Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Prince of Peace Parish, P.O. Box 87, Great Bend, KS, 67530 or Golden Belt Community Foundation, 1307 Williams St., Great Bend, KS, 67530. Penwell-Gabel Cremations, Funerals & Receptions in Topeka is assisting the family. To read the full obituary or to leave a message for John’s family, please visit

Funeral arrangements provided by

Penwell-Gabel Cremations, Funeral and Receptions

1321 SW 10th Street

Topeka, KS  66604

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Nov. 14, 2018