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“Sorry to hear of your sudden loss our thoughts and prayers are with you to all the family your father seemed like he didn't tell you how to live;he...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Gary and Becky Klein - IA

“A brilliant guy who I knew at Loras swim and the downhill skii raise at Sundowm. Learned late, learned well, was a great dude! He was a great...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: David Schlueter - Dubuque, IA

“Aunt Lavonne and family, You have our sympathy on the passing of Uncle Richard. It came as quite a shock to all of us to hear. You are all in our...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Marie Johnson - Warrenton, MO

“LYNNE AND FAMILY,MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY IN YOUR LOSS. LYNNE, WHEN YOU HAVE TIME I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. THE LAST ADDRESS I HAVE FOR YOU IS...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: HELEN HUFF - MOREHEAD CITY,, NC

“I was a friend of all of The Theis boys in my youth. Especially Terry L. Theis. I would like to give my condolences to there sisters. Also to Carol...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Clair Hammerand - Beloit, WI

“Lavonne and family,Our deepest sympathy for your loss, may God's love comfort you in your sorrow. Patrick Walczak and family ”
6 of 19 | Posted by: Patrick Walczak - Kennesaw, GA

“Sorry for your loss, may your memories serve to heal the longing for his company. ”
7 of 19 | Posted by: David BEaty - Cedar Falls, IA

“My condolences to Lavonne, Angie, Mike, and the whole family. I always enjoyed talking about hunting with Dick. A true Outdoorsman. And a very proud...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Greg Schmitt

“Jeff, Vick, Mike, Marybeth,Sorry to hear the news of Dick's passing. Thinking of you guys. Joe Lucas family and sibs ”
9 of 19 | Posted by: Joe Lucas - Lake St Louis, MO

“Lavonne and family,I am sorry to hear about Dick.My sympathy to you and your family.I am sure you have many happy memories ofyour life together.God...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Tom Roseliep - dubuque, IA

“Jeff, Vickie and family... so sorry for your loss. John & Kelly Schlichte ”
11 of 19 | Posted by: Kelly Schlichte - Dubuque, IA

“Very sorry to hear of Dick's death. My sincere sympathy and prayerful support Lavonne and to all of his family. ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: Anne Hedrick - Dubuque, IA

“My deepest sympathy is sent to Lavonne and her family and the Theis families. Richard was very much a part of my life years ago and I dearly loved...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Judy Allen - Chino Valley, AZ

“Sorry for your loss. He will be missed. Take care. ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Carol Friedman - Holy Cross, IA

“So sorry for your loss, hugs ”
15 of 19 | Posted by: Kim Sessions - Bellevue, IA

“On behalf of all the Sisters of Charity, BVM (daughter Angie Connolly's employer). I send our deepest sympathy and promise of prayers for all whom...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Teri Hadro, BVM - Dubuque, IA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: Dale Klein - Broomfield, CO

“Sorry to hear of your loss you are in my thoughts and prayers ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Jim Putz - Farley, IA - Coworker

“Dick was a very good firefighter and an even better man. My condolences to the family of Dick. ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: Rick Kreiman - Garnavillo, IA


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Richard J. "Dick" Theis, age 79, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 3:01 p.m., on Monday, December 26, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dick's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, December 30, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Dick's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m.. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps. League. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Dick was born on August 5, 1937, in Dubuque, son of John and Gladys (Horsfall) Theis.

Dick proudly graduated from Loras Academy in 1955, and would go on to honorably serve his country in the U.S. Marine Corps., before eventually being united in marriage to his true love, Lavonne Klein, on April 23, 1960. Their union would begin at Holy Ghost Church and culminate in 56 wonderful years together, and five children. Dick would invest the early years of his working career with the railroad before moving on to the Dubuque Fire Department, where he spent 27 years before retiring in 1992 as a Captain. When Dick wasn't at work, some of his favorite hours were spent out on the acreage they purchased in 1976, where he had planted over 50,000 trees throughout the years. He was also an avid athlete and outdoorsman who never met an opportunity or challenge he wouldn't accept. Dick was happiest when he was on one of his favorite turkey hunts, capturing a hole in one on the golf course, breaking in a new pair of running shoes, or even helping develop the growth of field archery in the Dubuque area. But, without a doubt Dick's family was his pride and joy. A day spent with his bride, his children or his adored grandchildren was always going to be considered a day well spent in Dick's mind. Unfortunately, Dick swam his final lap in the Loras pool, and celebrated his last earthly Christmas. We are grateful to know and understand that the Lord was kind and gracious enough to give us one last perfectly precious day with Dick to treasure until we are all reunited again.

Those left to cherish Dick's memory include

his loving wife,
Lavonne Theis, Peosta;

his five children,
Jeff (Vickie) Theis, Dubuque,
Michael (Mary Beth) Theis, Balltown,
Dean (Lori) Theis, Rock Island, IL.,
Angie (Shawn) Connolly, Dubuque
and Lee (Cindy Oliver) Theis, Bellevue;

his eight grandchildren,
Casey Theis, Megan Theis, Sam Theis, Jake Theis, Mollie Theis, Sydney Connolly, Erin Connolly and Peyton Connolly;

his four siblings,
Lynne Walczak, Lafayette, GA,
Janet Stelpflug, Kieler, WI,
Joanne Swift
and Gladys (Richard) Meehan, both of Dubuque;

and his three sisters-in law,
Kathleen Hogan, Dubuque
Carol Theis, Garnavillo
and Sandy Smothers, Oelwein.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, twin brother Ronald Theis, Thomas Theis, Terry Theis and James (Linda) Theis; and his brothers-in-law, Richard Walczak, Donald Stelpflug and Gene Swift.

A Richard J. Theis memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Dr. McKeon, the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital and the University of Iowa, and the Life Flight crew, for all of their professional and compassionate care.