NICHOLAS F. THIERY, JR. ST. JOHN, IN Nicholas F. Thiery Jr., age 100, of St. John, IN passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the William J. Riley Memorial Hospice Residence in Munster. He was born in Chicago, IL on March 29, 1914 to Nicholas and Anna (Clobes) Thiery. He is survived by his sister, Lillian (Ron) Tutemacher of The Villages, FL; children: Thomas (Lillian) Thiery of Adrian, MI, Patricia Thiery of Hastings, MI, Eileen (Richard) Snearly of Schererville, IN, and Barbara (Charles) Buysse of Kalamazoo, MI. He is also survived by grandchildren: Becky (Tim) Quain, Timothy (Terri) Thiery, Joel (Lynn) Thiery, Andrew (Michele) Thiery, Taleese Yonkers, Trena (Kevin) Yonkers- Telz, Johnna Buysse, Kathryn (Brian) Buysse-Higgins and Kurt (Antonia) Spicer-Snearly and 29 great grandchildren. Mr. Thiery was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Nellie (nee Rodenburg) Thiery; brother, George Thiery; sisters: Dorothy (nee Thiery) Severa and Lucille Thiery; and grandson, Christopher Yonkers. After graduation from Dyer High School, Mr. Thiery attended the Art Institute of Chicago where he refined his art skills. He was employed by the Shell Oil Co. and thereafter the Cities Service Oil Co. where he retired in 1973 after 34 years of devoted service. Mr. Thiery then began a 17 year career working for the Lake Central School system. Mr. Thiery was a member of the St. John Fire Department for over 60 years, served as fire chief for nearly 25 years, and was active in many community affairs. In 1966, he received the Outstanding Citizen Award for his devotion and service to the town of St. John. He was an avid historian and contributed his immense local knowledge and many artifacts to the St. John and Dyer Historical Societies. He was well versed in world history, oil refining processes and public safety. He was an accomplished artist and an outstanding athlete in any sport he played, and was especially skilled at basketball, baseball and track and was frequently honored for his prowess. One of his most prized honors was his 1992 election to the Lake Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Visitation for Mr. Thiery will be on Monday, January 27, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 8580 Wicker Ave., St. John, IN (219) 365-2674. A memorial service is planned for a later date. Mr. Thiery will always be remembered as one who worked tirelessly for everything and as a faithful community servant. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hospice of Calumet Area, W. J. Riley Memorial Residence, 600 Superior Ave., Munster, IN 46321. www.fagenmiller.com
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Published in The Times from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2014