Michael K. Thelen AuD
1948 - 2021
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Michael K. Thelen, AuD

Neenah - Michael K. Thelen passed away peacefully at home in the presence of his loving family on Friday, January 15. Michael was born on September 1, 1948 in Menasha and lived in Neenah and the surrounding Fox Cities the majority of his life. Well educated, Michael completed his educational journey by receiving his Doctorate degree In Audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences, AT Still University. Michael diligently worked in the Audiology field for most of his career and founded his own practice, Audiology & Hearing Services Inc., in March 1984. He recently retired from the field in March 2018. Michael truly enjoyed his work and found careerlong satisfaction in caring for his patients and aiding them in their ability to improve the quality of their lives through better hearing.

Besides his career, Michael consistently demonstrated living life to the fullest. Some of his most notable accomplishments include learning to fly a plane and sail, earning the Civilian Medal of Gallantry, working with the Special Olympics, and swimming across Lake Winnebago. An avid traveler, Michael and was able to see many parts of the world and enjoyed numerous hobbies such as golf, riding his Harleys, and tinkering on his home. In the end, his best and favorite accomplishments were being a Husband, Dad, and a Grandfather. In recent years, his grandchildren were his newest passion and the light of his life.

Michael is survived by Cheryl, his loving wife of 47 years, his children Kimberly (Eric) Phillips, Michele (Ryan) Tuomi, and grandchildren, Tate, Trent, Brooke, and Kyla. Michael is also survived by many family members and friends he cared for deeply. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Betty Thelen and other family members and close friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. More details will be provided closer to the event.

Thank you to the countless staff members, nurses, and doctors within the ThedaCare hospital system, who provided excellent and compassionate health care to Michael.

Michael, who worked and loved equally as hard, gave 100% to everyone and everything in his life. He will be greatly missed by his family, who are devastated to see him leave. They know that if he could, Michael would have fought to stay with them longer.

Thank you for everything you have done for us. We will miss you and love you.

"A father is not a person to lean on but someone to make leaning unnecessary".

Westgor Funeral Home

205 W. Doty Ave; 722-7151

Condolences: www.westgorfuneralhomes.com

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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, 2021.
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Marna and Larry Olenchek
January 20, 2021
For over 50 years the Michael and Cheryl Thelen duo have brought smiles to our faces. Who would've thought Mike, an awesome fisherman in college, would become a PhD? And stay so loved...? by the hearing impaired? God gave him talent about which so many of us don't "hear." He and his humor will be sorely missed. Our love and deepest sympathy to Cheryl and the family. Marna & Larry Olenchek
Marna Olenchek
January 20, 2021
Our condolences go out to the Thelen family.
Larry and Maureen Althaus
Larry Althaus
January 20, 2021
I was a patient of Doctor Mike for many years, he always took the time to talk, explain and alleviate any fears one may have about hearing loss. I asked him once how do I get my wife to stop talking to me from the other room. He replied "If I knew the answer I'd be rich." My condolences.
gregory parker
January 20, 2021
I first got to know Mike at Ridgeway Country Club. He was a pleasure to golf with. Eventually he became my audiologist and sold me my first hearing aid. With Mike you always got “a professional opinion with a personal touch.” Mike, my friend, you will be missed. My prayers to your family.
Mike Gerrity
January 19, 2021
So sorry for your loss. I have great memories of conversations with Mike helping my patients, to get them the best outcome for their hearing loss. He was very passionate about his family and his patients.

Lisa Kokontis
January 19, 2021
Cheryl, I am truly sorry for your loss. Thinking of you today and days to come.
Sue Jungen
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