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Erland Thieszen – Metz Mortuary

    Erland Thieszen
    Erland R. Thieszen, age 76, of Henderson, NE passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at home in Henderson. He was born August 17, 1944 in rural Henderson to Aaron E. and Helen (Epp) Thieszen. Erland worked as a farmer, an electrician, and was a current employee of Metz Mortuary in Henderson. He also served his country as a member of the Marine Corp Reserves. 

    ​April 7, 1967, Erland was united in marriage to Glenda Epp in Henderson. She died on March 4, 1986. He was also united in marriage to Ruth Ann Funk on November 26, 1994 in Hillsboro, KS. She died August 4, 2007. Erland was an active member of Living Hope Church in Henderson, where he served on the care team. He enjoyed woodworking, especially making toys and canes.

    He is survived by his son Micah (Angie) Thieszen of Millersburg, IN, daughters Judi (Jerry) Kroeker of Viborg, SD, Kristi Thieszen of Seattle, WA, Sara (Gilbert) Collins of Princeton, NJ, and Rachel (Charlie) Pahl of Topeka, KS. His step-children include: Tim (Malia) Peters of Monrovia, CA, Rhonda (Rick) Brown of Newton, KS, and Angie (Matt) Penner of Wichita, KS.
    He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 8 step-grandchildren, brothers Lelan (Marlene) Thieszen of Henderson, Dean (Barb) Thieszen of Aurora, Jim (Carol) Thieszen of Lincoln, Glendon (Rita) Thieszen of Summerset, SD, sisters Nina Smith of Grand Island and Lela (Cal) Regier of Henderson. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, both wives, his sister and brother-in-law Marcella and Wilbur Martens, and brother-in-law Lyle Smith.

    Graveside services are scheduled for 1:15 p.m., Saturday, November 14, 2020 at the Bethesda Mennonite Cemetery, north of Henderson. Memorial services will follow at 2:00 p.m., Saturday at Living Hope Church, Henderson, with the Reverend Luke Haidle officiating. Erland’s service will be webcast live on Living Hope Church’s Facebook page. Visitation is scheduled for 1:00 – 9:00 p.m., Friday and 9:00 a.m., – 12:00 noon Saturday at the mortuary in Henderson. COVID 19 Funeral Guidelines will be implemented with limited spaced seating (6 ft of separation between family units) and masks encouraged. Memorials may be directed to the Living Hope Missions Fund or Swan Lake Christian Camp, Viborg, SD.

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