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Joseph Francis "Joe" Theurer Obituary
Joseph (Joe) Francis Theurer, died peacefully at the Washington County Nursing home on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at the age of 94.
Joe was born July 13, 1922, near Akron, to Adolph and Anna (Guenther) Theurer. He lived most of his life in the Akron community.
He served in the U.S. Army 205th Field Artillery Battalion from October, 1943 to January, 1946. His occupation was Motor Transportation – pulling artillery guns with a caterpillar – a job he acquired because he was a farm kid and could operate heavy equipment. He served in New Guinea and Southern Philippines. He received the Bronze Service Arrowhead Cir 465 WD 44 Pacific Theater, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, World War II Victory Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.
After his discharge he resumed farming in partnership with his brother Ed. They lived on their farm northeast of Akron. After Ed's death in 1997, Joe moved into Akron but continued operating Theurer Farms Incorporated until 2005, when he sold his equipment, rented out his farmland, and retired. Although he had physically retired, his favorite thing to do was go for a drive in the country and check the crops, even after failing health forced him to reside at the Washington County Nursing Home.
Joe was a lifelong member of Saint Joseph's Catholic Church, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, Farm Bureau, Soil Conservation Service and Elks Lodge.
He loved to travel, visiting many places in the United States and abroad. He was an avid trap shooter and has many trophies to prove his skill.
Joe never married. He is preceded in death by his parents, Adolph and Anna, brother Ed, brother-in-law Walter Pieper, and sister Mathilda 'Tillie' Pieper. He is survived by nephews, Ray (Susan) Pieper of Rocky Ford, Larry (Dixie) Pieper of San Isabel, Steve Pieper of Craig, Ken 'Smiley' (Connie) Pieper of Akron, niece Mary (Ted) Pennington of Oak Creek, and five great-nephews and nieces.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of the Plains and Green House Homes, formerly Washington County Nursing Home.
Recitation of the Rosary began at 9:00 AM followed by Mass of the Christian Burial at 10:00 AM on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Akron with Father Marek Ciesla officiating. Marcia and Jim Pieper provided music for the service. Casket bearers were Ray Pieper, Larry Pieper, Steve Pieper, Ken 'Smiley' Pieper, Ted Pennington, Jamin Pieper, and Jody Pieper. Burial followed at Saint Joseph's Cemetery.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Oct. 12, 2016
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