WW II vet Elmer Edward Thie, 88, was mainstay at veterans' ceremonies
Elmer Edward Thie, 88, of North Vernon died Monday, November 18, 2013 at the Richard L. Roudebush VAMC in Indianapolis.
Mr. Thie was born on December 16, 1924 in Batesville, Indiana, the son of Clarence John Thie and Xaveria Frances Schimke Thie.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4 until 8 p.m. Burial will be in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison with members of Matt Hester Post #2021 and Batesville Post #3138 V.F.W. and the Batesville American Legion providing military rites.
Mr. Thie, a 1941 graduate of Batesville High School, was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in 1941 until 1945 and received two purple hearts. He worked for Union Furniture in Batesville where he built furniture for nine years retiring in 1985 and had previously worked as a truck driver for Farm, Feed and Produce in Batesville. He was the owner/operator of ENS Tavern in Oldenburg for 12 years. Mr. Thie was a life member of V.F.W. Batesville Post #3183 in Batesville and was a Past State Commander, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, AmVets Post #7 in North Vernon, Military Order of Purple Hearts and was a member of the Eagles Lodge in North Vernon. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling.
Survivors include his son Ken (Debora) Thie of Largo, Florida; brother, Ray Thie of North Vernon; two grandchildren, Rebecca Mireles of Seminole, Florida and Kenneth Thie, Jr. of Largo, Florida; and a great-grandchid, Raymond Mireles, III of Seminole, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Matt Hester V.F.W. Post #2021 or Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183.