Alfred Thieme, 86, of French Creek, N.Y., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Heritage Village, Gerry, N.Y.
He was born Nov. 8, 1926, in Findley Lake, N.Y., the son of the late Emil and Lena Huntley Thieme.
Al was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked for more than 30 years at Electric Materials in North East, Pa. After retiring, he and his wife, Betty took a trip to Alaska, with their close friends. They spent several weeks fishing, sightseeing and having a wonderful time.
Al married Betty Frank on Feb. 6, 1947, in Falconer, N.Y. Al was a member of the Mina Corners Christian Missionary Alliance Church, he enjoyed Christian music. He was a member of the Presque Isle Beagle Club and a member of the NRA.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening, and loved growing vegetables and giving them away. Dad was proud to tell everyone that he and his wife Betty celebrated 66 years of marriage on Feb 6. at Heritage Village.
Al is survived by four children: Robert (Mary) Thieme, Cheri (Bob) Fink, Donna (David) Samlock, and Carol (Bill) Watson, all of Findley Lake, N.Y.; a sister, Evelyn (Richard) Gibbons, of Jamestown, N.Y.; six grandchildren: Korinda (Doug) Wells, grandpa was a very special guy, Kandy (Kevin) Polach, Jeridy (Tod) Truex, Adrianna, Destiny and Ariel Samlock, and Randi and Morgan Watson; five great-grandsons: Alex, Patrick and Jackson Wells, Jamison Truex and Tanner Watson; three great-granddaughters: Dakota Truex, Harmony Polach and Jordyn Truex; and many nieces and nephews.
Dad was always there for us. He was there to give a ride to babysitting or whatever anyone needed, he would lend a hand. He will be missed, but we know he is no longer sick and we know a special angel is watching over all of us.
Due to his wishes services will be held at the convenience of the family, no calling hours will be observed.
Memorials may be made to Findley Lake Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 158, Findley Lake, NY 14736.
Arrangements are being handled by the Spitzer Funeral Home, Clymer, N.Y.