James Paul Theis passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the Clinton Rehabilitation Center at the age of 86.
Jim was born on August 6, 1930 in Riceville, Iowa, the son of Harry and Hazel Marr Theis. He graduated from St. Patricks High School in Waukon, Iowa in 1948. After high school graduation he worked with his father at Theis Clothing Store in Waukon for two years. On August 20, 1950 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country until being honorably discharged in June, 1954.
After his discharge Jim enrolled at Drake University where he completed his Pharmacy degree in 1959. He met the love of his life, Becky Onken, in the fall of 1957, and they were wed on May 31, 1958. From this marriage seven children were born. They include: Lori (Larry) Bartruff of Beaver Dam, WI; Teri (Corey) Bowman of Warrensburg, MO; Todd of Las Vegas, NV; Tami (Ken) Kuta of Panora, IA; Jani (Alan) Carlon of DeForest, WI; Jodi (Terry) Olson of Duluth, MN; Viki (Rick) Schmidt of Wellsville, KS. He is also survived by sixteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren; his sister Linda (Mike) Manning of Lansing, IA; two brothers; John (Jan) of Macomb, IL and Tom (Ginny) of Hiawatha, IA; a brother-in-law Gene (Barb) Onken of Santa Fe, NM, and sister-in-law Darlene Piper of Peru, IN.
Preceding him in death were his parents; Harry and Hazel, brother; Dale, and his in-laws; Walter and Jessie Onken.
Jim was an active member of Holy Rosary church in Clinton where he served as a eucharistic minister and the Knights of Columbus.
Visitation will be held from 1:00-2:00pm on Friday, December 2, 2016 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with a Memorial Mass of Christian burial following at 2:00pm. Inurnment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Waukon, IA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Knights of Columbus in care of Holy Rosary, or the Clinton Rehabilitation Center and may be left in care of Vansant-Mills Funeral Home of Clinton, MO.