Walter Thielemann, 92, residing in Kansas City, Missouri and formerly of Farmington Hills, Michigan passed away September 22, 2012 at home under the care of his family and Liberty Hospital Hospice.
He was born October 30, 1919 in Essen, Germany and became a naturalized US Citizen. Walter served in the United States Army during WWII and was was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for heroism in rescuing a crashed pilot from the Pacific ocean.
Walter attended Lawrence Institute of Technology. He completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering while working at General Motors and building the family home. At the end of his GM career, Walter worked in management with the Overseas Division and enjoyed travel while accompanied by his beloved wife, Margot.He moved to Missouri in 2007 after a tragic fall that required extensive rehab and lived with his family. As health returned, he enjoyed friendships through the Liberty Community Center, the Church of Christ Claycomo and also etravedl with family.
Walter was preceded in death by childhood sweetheart and wife, Margot – whom he lovingly cared for at home during her last year’s when she had Alzheimer’s; his infant son, John Charles; his parents, Walter and Maria Thielemann; Margot’s parents, William and Gertrude (aus dem Kahmen) Jeuter..
Walter is survived by his son, Robert Thielemann; daughter, Sandra (Thielemann) Buchanan and Barry Buchanan; Grandchildren Michael Caruso and Juna Nashi; Matthew Buchanan; Amy Edwards; Stacy (Buchanan) and Sean Russell and Great-grandchildren. Surviving family in Germany – Manfred and Irena aus dem Kahmen, Kurt and Ingrid Eickelbaum, Iris and Fritz Pleiser and their extended families.
A Memorial celebration of his life was held September 27th at the Claycomo Church of Christ.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Liberty Hospital Hospice, 2525 Glenn Hendren Drive, Liberty, Missouri (MO) 64068, whose staff helped provide loving care during his last few months at home.
Walt was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge and Elks in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He enjoyed serving breakfast at the Elks and having fellowship with other members and loved to give and get hugs. Walt enjoyed many long friendships with neighbors in the Woodbine Subdivision where his family was raised. A remembrance gathering is being planned for when he is returned for burial in Michigan.