Obituary for Jeffrey Thiel

Jeffrey Thiel, age 60, of Northfield, passed away unexpectedly on October 25, 2018, at his home. Jeffrey Scott Thiel was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Robert and Phyllis (Brodt) Thiel. He was raised in Richfield and graduated from Richfield High School in 1977. He attended the University of Minnesota and received his A&P license from Van Dusen Aviation Maintenance Training Facility in 1982. He worked as an aircraft mechanic for several companies, including Corporate Jets, Continental Airlines and was currently employed by Federal Express. Jeff met Ruth Rasinski while attending Richfield High School. They married on March 24, 1984 at […]

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Jeffrey Thiel, age 60, of Northfield, passed away unexpectedly on October 25, 2018, at his home.

Jeffrey Scott Thiel was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Robert and Phyllis (Brodt) Thiel. He was raised in Richfield and graduated from Richfield High School in 1977. He attended the University of Minnesota and received his A&P license from Van Dusen Aviation Maintenance Training Facility in 1982. He worked as an aircraft mechanic for several companies, including Corporate Jets, Continental Airlines and was currently employed by Federal Express.

Jeff met Ruth Rasinski while attending Richfield High School. They married on March 24, 1984 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Edina, Minnesota. They made their home in Denver, Colorado before moving to Northfield in 1997. They welcomed their sons, Samuel, in 1994 and Jacob, in 1996.

Jeff was a fan of all sports and was an avid skier and golfer. He loved fixing things, especially when it required solving a problem, and history fascinated him. In his later years he enjoyed learning about finance like his father. Jeff was kind and patient; he had an easy-going personality and his quick-wit and fun-loving nature drew people to him. Because Jeff often gave those around him a nickname, he was also known as JT, Tomcat, Tomás, Eavers, and SatchMo. He loved his family and friends with all of his heart. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Ruth; sons, Samuel and Jacob; mother, Phyllis Thiel of Apple Valley; sisters, Julie (Mark) Ryan of Mendota Heights and Janet (Rick) Welch of Eugene, Oregon; mother-in-law, Lucille Rasinski of Richfield; in-laws Michael, Jeanne (Kevin) Putt, Patricia (Mark) Terry, Lawrence (Sharon), Mary (Chris) Boosalis, Diane, Debra (Mark) Lundquist, all of Minnesota; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert, father-in-law, Clarence, and in-laws Margaret and Jerry Murphy.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 12 Noon on Friday, November 2, 2018, at the Church of St. Dominic. Visitation will be 4-7PM, Thursday, November 1, 2018, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are with Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

November 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Church of St. Dominic - Northfield
104 Linden St N Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Visitation

November 1, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 7:00PM

Benson & Langehough Funeral Home
201 East 4th Street Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

12 Comments

  1. Beth Wagner-Jackelen

    Ruth, both Jeff and I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your boys. May the memories you have gathered over the years, give you peace and happiness moving forward.

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    • RuthT.

      Beth and Jeff,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know you are thinking of us. My emotions run the gamut everyday but it is comforting to have our boys with me and to be lifted up by so many people who care about us. I hope you are both well and that our paths will cross someday soon.
      Love, Ruth

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  2. Becky Carroll Steffens

    Sending prayers of comfort and peace for you and your sons, Ruth! I remember Jeff fondly from the times we had interactions. He was such a nice and friendly man! My heart is with you!

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    • Ruth

      Becky,
      It is touching to hear from you! Thank you for taking the time to let me know that you are thinking of us. My emotions run the gamut everyday but it helps so much to have our boys with me and to have the love and support of so many people that care about us. Jeff touched many people during his lifetime!

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  3. Mary Simonson (Marchessault)

    Ruth,
    Very sorry for your loss. You have my sincere condolences. It sounds like Jeff was an amazing person. So sorry.

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    • Ruth

      Mary,
      How sweet of you to take the time to let me know you are thinking of us. Jeff had a quiet way of drawing people in and he will be deeply missed. My emotions run the gamut each day but I am comforted by our boys and the love and support we have received from so many people. Thank you again!

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  4. Tim Coughlin

    Ruth,
    What I remember most about Jeff was his smiley face and his great laugh! I saw him briefly at our HS reunion. Same smile same awesome laugh. What a great guy. Terriblely sorry for your loss.

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    • Ruth

      Tim,
      How kind of you to send a note. That smile of his and his easy-going nature seemed to draw people in. He will be deeply missed! I hope you are well.
      Ruth

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  5. Joe Trimpe- HR Advisor FedEx Express

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Jeff was an outstanding AMT, a well respected co-worker to many and will be greatly missed by his FedEx family. May your family find peace and comfort during this most difficult time. Prayers and thoughts for all this weekend.

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    • Ruth

      Joe,
      Thank you for taking the time to send a note to let me know you are thinking of us. Jeff loved working for FedEx and his coworkers were like family to him. He will be deeply missed!

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  6. Julie Skolte

    Sending prayers of comfort for Jeff’s family and all who knew him from an old Richfield backyard neighbor girl and classmate of Jeff,Julie (Lehse) Skolte.

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    • Ruth

      Julie,
      Thank you for your prayers. Jeff touched a lot of people with that smile and his easygoing nature. He will be deeply missed!

      Reply

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