WICHITA — Marnie Keith Thaete, 75, of Wichita, died Aug. 3, 2015, at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita. Born Aug. 6, 1939, in Sylvan Grove, he was the son of Armin G. H. and Elta Irene (Frey) Thaete. On June 1, 1971, Marnie and Marilyn Geesling were united in marriage in Holton. Together they celebrated 26 years of marriage before her passing in 1997. Marnie was blessed to find love again and married Geri Adkins on Sept. 1, 2001, in Wellington. The two were privileged with nearly 14 years of marriage. Marnie received his master’s degree in education and made his career as an industrial arts instructor. He retired from Quivira Heights High School following a 32-year career.
Survivors include his wife Geri (Adkins) Thaete of Wichita; son, Aaron Thaete of Aurora, Colo.; two daughters, Jannell Strausbaugh and her husband Pat of Centennial, Colo., and Kristin Law and her husband DJ of Centennial, Colo.; two stepdaughters, Alison Soetaert of Wichita, Dana Soetaert and her husband Casey Cordts of Lawrence; and nine grandchildren, Emily Strausbaugh, Alex Strausbaugh, Tadum Soetaert, Parker Law, Ryan Law, Evan Soetaert, Camden Soetaert, Avery Soetaert and Harper Cordts. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Marilyn Thaete; and his sister, Marlene Krug.
Funeral services for Marnie will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, in the chapel of Cornejo|Day Funeral Home in Wellington. Graveside services will follow, beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon in the Turon Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6, at the funeral home, with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. A memorial has been established in his name and loving memory to the Wounded Warrior Project. Contributions can be mailed or left at the funeral home. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory**
1030 Mission Road
Wellington, KS 67152
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Aug. 4, 2015