Funeral services for Max Gilbert Thiele, 84, of Giddings, formerly of Thorndale, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings with Rev. Donn a Krueger and Rev. Keith Weise officiating. Burial will follow at Friendship Cemetery in Paige.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, Jan. 22, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Monday, Jan. 23, from 7 to 10 a.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Sunday evening from 5 to 7 p.m.
Max, known as Gilbert to his family, was born at home in Paige on Jan. 31, 1938, to Max Martin and Frieda Sander Thiele.
He was baptized at home by Carl Bear and was confirmed on April 6, 1952, at St. Peter’s Church in Coupland by Rev. Robert Mohr. His confirmation verse was Ephesians 4:32, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
He attended Coupland Elementary School and Elgin High School, where he was a member of the class of 1956.
He joined the U.S. Army in December of 1960 and received his honorable discharge as private first class in December of 1963. Max finished his service in the Army Reserves.
Max married Juanice Hoerman at McDade Baptist Church on July 30, 1966.
Max was employed with Alcoa for 32 years, where he was an active member of the fire brigade. He was also a member and officer of the Thorndale Volunteer Fire Department.
Max passed away the evening of Sunday, Jan. 15, in Giddings.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Max and Frieda Thiele; sister Louise Laningham; brothers-in-law Alloyed Toll, Dave Laningham and Ed Sharp; nieces Teneta Barnett and Audrey Chambers; nephews Max Wayne Laningham and DJ Laningham; and special cousins, Bobby and Alice Mikolajchak.
Max is survived by his wife, Juanice Thiele; children Karl and Carol Thiele of Lincoln, Lisa and Jaydie Dixon of Gatesville, Gary and Danielle Thiele of Paige; grandchildren Chailey and Logan Thomas of Waco, Kyle Thiele and Natasha Thiele of Lincoln, Tristen Thiele of Paige, Toby Proske of Ledbetter and Stormy Rosner of Paige; great-grandson Jackson Thomas of Waco; sister Dora Sharp of Spring; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Serving as pallbearers will be Kyle Thiele, Tristen Thiele, Logan Thomas, Toby Proske, Kevin Barchenger, Billy Beard, Mike Brune and Mark Winkler.
Honorary pallbearers are Richard Glaser, Kevin Laningham, William Mikolajchak, Alloyed Strother and Terrell Weise.
Memorials may be made to Friendship Cemetery Association, St. John Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 21, Thorndale, TX 76577; Thorndale Volunteer Fire Department; or to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings.