Levi Floyd Thiessen, of Dallas, 92, went home to be with his Savior on July 24, in Dallas.
He was born in Ogallala, Neb., on Aug. 23, 1924, to Jacob T. and Elizabeth (Fast) Thiessen. He was the first of 10 children. The family moved to Dallas in February 1941 when he was 16 years old.
He married Rosa “Rosie” Hiebert on Nov. 11, 1945. They lived together in the Dallas area for more than 56 years. He helped raise their six children and was active in the Dallas Evangelical Bible Church.
He worked many years for Darigold, delivering milk to homes, stores, and restaurants. His real interest was plants, gardens, landscaping, and yard care which he turned into a second occupation during and after his employment with Darigold. He seems to have inherited his “green thumb” from his mother. Levi and Rosie's frequent vacation spot was Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, of course the main attraction being the Butchart Gardens there.
After the passing of his wife Rosie in 2001, he married Virginia Belle Hetrick Lawson on May 18, 2002. They had many good years together until she passed in 2014.
He is survived by his sons Bob, of Dallas, Denis, of Sandy, and Tim, of Happy Valley; daughters Carol Van Nostrand, of Sandpoint, Idaho, Susan Clinger, of Arvada, Colo., and Sharon Flaming, of Monmouth; stepsons Don Lawson, of Dallas, and David Lawson, of Dallas; stepdaughters: Gini Martin, of Sweet Home, and Sandra Erskine, of Castro Valley, Calif; brother Allen Thiessen, of Canby; sisters Delores Smith, of Visalia, Calif., Helen Berg, of Dallas, Betty Jondahl, of Portland, and Norma Balbo, of Dallas; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jacob and Elizabeth Thiessen; wives Rosa Thiessen and Virginia Thiessen; brothers Harry Thiessen, Raymond Thiessen, and Marvin Thiessen; and sister Ruth Eldredge.
Viewing will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday (today) in the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, in the Dallas Evangelical Bible Church. Interment will be at 9:30 a.m. in the Dallas Cemetery, prior to the service at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Youth Building Fund in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel, which handled the arrangements. www.dallastribute.com