Peter Roy Thiesse, 75, long-time resident of Forest Park died Jan. 29, 2014. He was born September 22, 1938 to Ruth and Leonard Thiesse, and was the brother of James (Jane) Thiesse and Sue (Charles) Lunger.
He was born in Forest Park, graduated from Proviso East High School in 1956 and went on to attend the Chicago Journeyman Plumber’s local 130 trade school from1956-1960. After graduation, he joined the US Navy Mobile Construction Battalion (MCB) Unit #6 from 1960-1964 and successfully completed tours in Greece and Puerto Rico. Peter took over the reins of running Thiesse Plumbing upon his return, and the rest is history. He retired to Buchanan, Michigan in 2005 to enjoy afternoons of fishing on the St. Joseph River. Here he remained active in the community by serving as treasurer of the White Oaks Association for many years. He was an outdoorsman that enjoyed hunting with his faithful companions Max and Toby. Over the years, all his children experienced memorable moments in duck and goose blinds with him.
Peter was voting precinct captain for Freddie Rose, Forest Park School Board member for nine years and president for one term, Forest Park Plumbing Inspector, Forest Park Kiwanis Club member, and Director of Public Works. Peter is survived by his wife Joyce Thiesse (nee Mickley) of 51years. Together they have four children, Daniel (Debbie) Thiesse, Andrew (Orla) Thiesse, Rachel (Tim) Thiesse-Baum, Amy (Mark) Thiesse-Vobornik, and thirteen grandchildren Cody, Samantha, Dean, Corey, Alexis, Morgan, Maxwell, Luke, Jack, Cian, Eve, Sean, Tiffany and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Thursday Feb. 6, from 2 -8 p.m. at Woodlawn Funeral Home 7750 W. Cermak Rd., Forest Park. Funeral services Friday 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be private. Information (708) 442-8500 or www.woodlawnchicago.com.