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Vernon "Jake" Thies

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Thies, Vernon Jake Born Aril 1, 1926, passed away February 10, 2013, in Florissant, MO, at the age of 86. Beloved husband of Kolene; dearest father of Kent (Debbie) and Kevin (Beth); dear grandfather of Jeff, Jenny, Kelly, Sarah and Adam; great grandfather of Lucas; uncle of Susan Kastrup Ressler; cousin and friend of all he met. Jake proudly served his country in the 117th Infantry Division during WWII. After the war, he attended the University of Illinois for one year before he was drafted by the New York Giants. After playing for several minor league teams, Jake pitched in MLB for the PIttsburgh Pirates during 1954/55. After baseball, Jake worked in sales for more than 40 years. Family, baseball and golf were his passions. Jake loved life and he will be missed by many. Services: Visitation 4-8 pm Tuesday, Feb. 12 at HUTCHENS Mortuary, 675 Graham Rd., Florissant. Funeral on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 11 am at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 221 Church Street, Ferguson, MO 63135. In lieu of flowers, donations to Salvation Army or .

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Feb. 12, 2013
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